Germany coronavirus

Germany coronavirus:

Until recently nobody in Germany could have imagined such a deceleration. But this is also how the virus should be decelerated.

In the coming week, life in Germany will look like it could never have been imagined a few days ago. The Federal Republic is in a state of emergency, it is slowing down society. Because of a virus.

The deceleration extends to a standstill. Schools and daycare centres remain closed, including universities.

Visits to hospitals, old people's homes and nursing homes are no longer permitted for the time being. The employees of many companies go to the home office.

Events of all kinds are cancelled. Many will also voluntarily refrain from going to the cinema and restaurant. In the end, not much will remain of the usual public life.

As unreal as it all seems, the serenity with which people accept the sudden slowdown in their lives is almost even more unreal.

The fact that you no longer shake hands or hug in greeting is now taken for granted, as is frequent hand washing.

New rituals have already developed, standing in line, meeting people. The disinfectant solution is available everywhere, even after years of unsuccessful requests in the Bundestag.

There are hamster purchases, but even hamsters know that they do not act in solidarity and are socially outlawed.

The relationship of many people to digitization is changing precisely because they suddenly see as a blessing what was previously suspect to them: the lack of direct communication.

The level-headedness also comes from the fact that people are currently trying to get good and serious information.

That is why they also see why standstill and emptiness should be to their advantage. Because it serves to slow down the spread of the coronavirus as much as possible to prevent collapse in medical facilities.

In all likelihood, this will also succeed. Germany not only has a comparatively good health system, but it is also comparatively well prepared for the corona challenge, however unknown the pathogen may be.

Politicians are doing their bit for this. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn proves to be an excellent crisis manager.

The Chancellor's appearance together with her Minister this week before the Federal Press Conference showed the seriousness of the situation on the one hand, but on the other hand, also conveyed the trust: We can do it.

The Chancellor was criticized for being late. No, it came at exactly the right time, namely at the very moment when Germany had to completely rethink the fight against Corona.

Immediately after her appearance, Merkel discussed the situation with the prime ministers. In this way, largely uniform action was ensured.

At this point, doubts had already been raised as to whether it makes sense that infection protection in Germany is a national matter and that the federal government cannot simply govern through the pandemic plan in the Corona case.

But that federalism is endangering the population, as you could already hear, is nonsense.

There is no trace of panic For coronavirus:

Cooperation between the federal and state governments, as well as the districts, cities and municipalities, is largely smooth, perhaps exemplary.

Everyone knows the size of the task and its responsibility. The Minister of Health can rely on more than four hundred health offices in Germany, even if he has no access to them.

The federal government can make recommendations based on the authority of the Robert Koch Institute in particular.

And the federal government can provide money. It can also mitigate the economic consequences of foresight. The Federal Government and the Bundestag have shown how quickly they can act.

Because of the coalition get nothing, have no plan and are running apart. Already last Sunday the coalition committee spoke out in favour of a short-time regulation so that the companies lay off as few as possible.

The model has already proven itself in the banking crisis and the subsequent recession. The regulation of the Bundestag and Bundesrat was decided a week later. Politicians have done everything they could do for the time being.

Conversely, society shows astonishing trust in politics when it comes to coping with the corona crisis. So far, it seemed as if this trust had long been lost. Crises sometimes sharpen your eyes.

There is no trace of panic, and even on social networks, the tone seems to have become more civilized, level-headed and serious.

The Germans know that they can rely on the state and society in difficult times. And that all conspiracy theories against Corona don't help, but prudence, education and serenity do.

More and more people across Europe are infected with coronavirus:

Scientists have now reconstructed which of them may have been the first patient with coronavirus - the so-called "patient zero". And a trail leads them to Germany. This is reported by the "Munich Mercury".

Coronavirus in Germany: is the first patient from Germany?

The American geneticist Trevor Bedford has analyzed the virus genome of various corona patients from Europe and South America for his investigation.

The result of the geneticist: All pathogens come from the same origin. And that's supposed to be a patient from Bavaria.

Patient in Bavaria contracted Covid-19 in January:

It is an employee of an automotive supplier who has contracted a Chinese colleague. The man was among the first to be diagnosed with the disease in Europe. That was in early January this year.

Scientists offer different theories:

However, there are now initial doubts about this theory. The viruses from Germany or Italy could also have a common origin, namely from China.

According to "M√ľnchner Merkur", this would mean that the virus not only spread to patients from Bavaria throughout Europe but that it came to the continent in several ways.

Italy also searches for 'patient zero'

Scientists in Italy are also looking for "Patient 0". It is currently suspected that a football fan brought Covid-19 to the stadium and the virus spread from there.

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