MIn the meantime, in this pandemic, we citizens have got used to a body not provided for in the Basic Law called the Prime Minister’s Conference with the Federal Chancellor. This is reminiscent of the endlessly long EU summit in Brussels, the only thing missing is the state cars, mostly made by German manufacturers, that drive up to the conference room. Nowadays it takes place virtually, but despite the meticulous preparation by 16 state chancelleries and one federal chancellery, it takes almost as long. For the reporting journalists, this is a time of waiting. Finally, a sixteen-page resolution came out that must be a pre-Christmas feast for the friends of bureaucratic articulation.
“We as hosts determine the dynamics of the pandemic”
Ms. Maischberger’s guests certainly did not belong to this rather rare species. However, the Prime Minister from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Manuela Schwesig (SPD), was there as an interview guest, and she had decided on the paper. There the authors deal with a central question: How can we reduce our social contacts in order to interrupt the infection dynamics of the past few weeks? Dirk Brockmann conveyed why this is of central importance. He heads the research group “Epidemiological Modeling of Infectious Diseases” at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The physicist is a sober person who tries to depict the behavior of all of us in models. It is about a fundamental insight, which he formulated as follows: “We as hosts determine the pandemic dynamics.” That sounds trivial, but it is not. Brockmann can develop scenarios to describe the infection dynamics under changing conditions. That’s a lot, but this research area still has its inevitable limits. In a later interview, Cihan Çelik described her as follows: So far there has been “little evidence and little evidence that really helps us”, except “to reduce contacts. But how do we get there? ”The Darmstadt pulmonologist has been working on this subject for months. As a doctor, he must have taken all the precautionary measures, but he was infected a few weeks ago.
Here you can read the interview with the doctor about his own illness.
Politics is dealing with a fundamental contradiction. Although the extensive prevention of social contacts reduces the infection dynamics, the social and economic costs of such a policy increase. The decision of the evening looked accordingly. There we citizens read lots of appeals and recommendations, but these alternate with a need for regulation that is sometimes reminiscent of real satire. For example, it is mandatory to wear a mask in parking lots, although nobody has probably been infected there so far. If a citizen happens to have his balcony over such a parking lot, will he also have to wear a mask there in the future?
It is a mystery why German politicians have not also dealt with the problem of infection from frozen products that has just been discussed in China. At least the government in Beijing has now acquitted the suspected pork knuckle from Bremen. At the same time, the federal and state governments have recognized the legal complications of a ban on the sale of fireworks, but have come up with a new regulation. Now “the use of pyrotechnics is prohibited in busy squares and streets in order to avoid larger groups.” The local authorities should determine the affected squares and streets. ”If the municipalities should implement this by ordinance before New Year’s Eve, some meet maybe in the back streets. And when is a street even considered busy? But according to the resolution, the conference of transport ministers wants to deal with the school bus problem. According to well-informed circles, there are usually more than the ten people who are allowed to spend the festive season together this year. Some are said to be even younger than fourteen, which in turn is not counted at the Christmas feast.