"A crisis is a productive state. You just need to remove from it the overtones of disaster."
Wise words from German author Max Frisch, yet they do not seem appropriate for the coronavirus pandemic. Or maybe they are? Eleven questions that concern us all…
Gigantic 5.4 million tons CO₂ emissions can be saved, if employees leave their car at home on two days in the week and work from home, Greenpeace suggests.
For the app to protect you properly, it is not enough to install it. It must remain open in the background and Bluetooth must be activated. Because the Corona Warning App uses Bluetooth to measure the distance and duration of encounters between cell phone users. The app remembers these data anonymously. If a user reports that he or she has tested positive, the app warns all people with whom there has been contact. A complex algorithm from the Robert Koch Institute calculates the risk.
rises further underline existing inequalities. The “social cohesion in 2020” study conducted by the Bertelsmann Foundation concludes that coronavirus is worsening social inequality.
Even though Max Frisch highlights the opportunities offered by a crisis, we must not forget there are also losers. Those affected include people on lower incomes, who cannot make up for earnings lost due to reduced working hours. Parents who need to balance childcare with their work amid closed day-care centers and schools. And, last but not least, children, who particularly suffer from school closures, bans on contact, and quarantine. So it comes as no surprise that, according to a survey commissioned by the German children’s charity Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk, a large majority of Germans support the call to finally enshrine children’s rights in the German Basic Law.