Where Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder is right: Just because you are healthy you do not have the right to ignore the rights of others.

Keep your distance and test, so maybe the second wave can be prevented Photo: Marius Becker / dpa

Markus Söder is a game spoiler; at least for those who think that despite Corona they have the right to unlimited personal leisure fun. He shows the Bavarians who do not comply with the applicable safety rules where the hammer will hang in the future. Söder quickly increases the penalties from 5,000 to 25,000 euros. And for those who expect not only threats and valuable information from politicians, but also options for action, he does something: more tests. And preferably prefer mandatory.

With the word duty, the Germans like to go up the straw hat. Excuse me, what about freedom guaranteed by constitution? Where do we get when everyone is suspected of exercising their civil right to cross-border leisure after six stressful corona months? And hey, I personally don’t know anyone who got infected. These are always the same arguments, which in their meantime lazy and irresponsible irresponsible.

CSU chief Söder, but also Merkel chancellor Helge Braun or health minister Jens Spahn have the duty to tighten the reins in view of the increasing number of cases. If they do nothing, not only the health system collapses in autumn and winter. A second wave of infections, the first signs of which the Robert Koch Institute is currently reporting, would cost the lives of many people. So do something. Spahn has just announced a mandatory test for those returning on vacation. If you don’t want to hear, you just have to test.

So far we are now. How you behave towards your fellow human beings – whether like part of a group or like an Ichling – is not something that somehow goes abstractly to a very personal karma account. Just because you are reasonably healthy yourself does not give you the right to ignore the rights of others. Playing corona bingo every day in public transportation, supermarkets or at work is tiring and disillusioning.

The virus is like driving a car too fast: maybe I am three minutes earlier than the others – but maybe I am driving someone dead. Personal benefit can make me and other people very unhappy. It is unreasonable to have to repeat this at all times. Everyone knows people they love. It only takes a millisecond to figure this out. Because if the accident happens, it is too late, possibly forever.

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