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Corona Bibliography

Bibliography on Covid-19 disease 
This compilation is regularly updated

05.10.2021

Deployment of COVID-19 vaccine in children “requires carefully examination”

In a current commentary in the medical journal The Lancet, Stephen Obaro – Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre, USA – considers the question whether or not children should be vaccinated against coronavirus with regard to achieving group immunity (“herd immunity”) in the general population. 

In particular, he looks at the milder course of the disease in children compared to older people, including significantly fewer complications and correspondingly fewer inpatient stays. The “multisystem inflammatory syndrome” (PIMS) that occasionally occurs in children should rather be described as a post-infectious disease than as specifically virus-related. These facts and the lack of epidemiological evidence incriminating the population of children in the spread of the virus makes a specific assessment of this age group necessary, in his view, before endeavouring to develop or approve a vaccine. In his further analysis, he identifies the three areas of immunology, ethical considerations and economic aspects which all still contain significant unresolved questions needing clarification before aspiring to use COVID-19 vaccines in children!

It must be clarified, for example, whether the multisystem inflammatory syndrome does not occur more frequently as a result of vaccination compared to unvaccinated children. Ethically, vaccination is therefore not justified at present with an unfavourable risk-benefit ratio for the children themselves who are to be vaccinated and an inadequate data situation, yet the low onward spread of the virus among children to be assumed from previous experience. Economically and practically, the implementation of an additional vaccination programme for children would also be an unjustifiable additional expense given the prevailing data situation. Furthermore, the vaccines that become “available” if children are excluded could be used for population groups with a higher risk of disease worldwide.

Accordingly, Obaro concludes that certainly for children under 12 years of age, strategies other than vaccination should be pursued at the present time to achieve immunity in this age group. By this he presumably means, although he does not say so, the path of natural immunisation by infection (“but a new strategy might ultimately be required for immunising younger children, should this become necessary”).

Stephen Obaro’s article is accessible free of charge at this link:
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(21)00212-7/fulltext

Second Joint Statement of the Federation of Independent Waldorf Schools and the Medical Section at the Goetheanum on the Covid-19 Pandemic

We therefore call for protective measures for schools and kindergartens to be drawn up by an interdisciplinary, broadly based committee, measures which can be implemented according to age and which do not disproportionately restrict the need for children and young people to meet and exercise.3 Any associated restrictions on fundamental rights require narrow time limits and regular and timely legitimation by parliaments. 

Paper

9.11.2020

How can we promote health? Dealing with the corona pandemic in schools and kindergartens

The corona pandemic presents us with completely new challenges worldwide. At short intervals, kindergartens, schools and doctors‘ offices receive new information on how to proceed in individual cases. This information sometimes comes very late and costs a lot of effort to implement. Waldorf institutions must also adhere to these official regulations.

Paper

26.10.2020

Ecology and Pandemics. What Can We Learn from COVID-19?

The current crisis should make us think more thoroughly about which form of economy can really be sustainable and oriented towards the common good. Our planet needs that now. We are living in a partnership crisis with the plan-et, with the living. If we want to overcome this crisis, we must scientifically allow the question of the na-ture of the living, the nature of the planet, we must enter into lived responsibility with the living. Living beings are not machines and humans are not ani-mals. This is precisely where our responsibility comes from. It is a moral responsibility. Whether we live up to it depends on our thinking, our compassion and above all on our lived attitude.

Lecture by Georg Soldner, Schreinerei Auditorium Goetheanum, Dornach 

12.10.2020

A Holistic View of the Phenomenon of Infection

Lecture from the livestream seminar “Update on Covid-19 Infectiology
and Integrative Medicine” | April 24–25, 2020
Dr. med. Matthias Girke

10.6.2020

Integrative Prevention in the Covid-19 Pandemic

Paper from the IKAM Coordination: 

Long version and short version

27.5.2020

Supportive Anthroposophic Therapies for Coronavirus

Compresses for Covid-19

Further translations see here

Statement on the Situation of Children and Adolescents in the 2020 Corona Pandemic

Pedagogical-Medical Working Group Witten/Herdecke

7.5.2020

Paper of the eurythmy therapy department

Eurythmy Therapy for viral infections of the respiratory tract

9.4.2020

Corona pandemic – aspects and perspectives

A contribution by Dr. med. Matthias Girke and Georg Soldner

Further translations see here

19.3.2020

"The Corona-Virus"

For veterinarians, corona viruses are part of daily life, but now the corona virus SARS-CoV 2 has crossed the barrier to humans. What is a virus, how does it attack the human organism, and how can we respond?

A contribution by Georg Soldner

12.3.2020