The title of this blog is a common thread in the recent developments of the Corona pandemic in Germany.
Science and Reason
|Despise just reason and science, |
Man's* supreme gifts -
Then you have submitted to the devil
And you must perish.
*N.B. Other genders are included
|Verachte nur Verstand und Wissenschaft, |
des Menschen allerhöchste Gaben –
so hast dem Teufel dich ergeben
und mußt zugrunde gehn.
While in the initial phase of the fight against Corona Mephisto’s warning in Goethe’s Faust was the guiding principle, we are now entering a critical period of impatience and protest. The reason is that in Germany, due to the known and applied protective measures, the number of active Corona cases was on the decline and is now constant at about 2,000 per day.
Excessive Fascisization of Civil Life
|The photo reminds me of Schiller’s Song of the Bell: |
Dann werden Weiber zu Hyänen (Then women turn into hyenas).
Naturally, these people came in close contact with each other and the police. For them, the Coronavirus causes a "comparatively mild wave of infection," which in no way justifies a "de facto dictatorial emergency regime" and the "excessive fascisization of civil life." According to the protesters, the restrictions are being fired by a "conspiracy of global corporations" behind the measures.
The chancellor warned that Germany was on "the thinnest ice" and implementations of the rules “worry me ... they appear to be very bold, maybe too bold."
In fact, the country is loosening more and more. Even shopping malls are opening because every shop by itself is smaller than 800 square meters. The administrative court of Hamburg completely overturned the rule that only small shops are allowed to reopen. However, the basic idea behind the practice is to limit the density of people in shopping districts.
Who Needs a New T-shirt?
Who needs a new T-shirt or is looking for a new car? On the other hand, there is a boom in do-it-yourself and - in some sort of bunker mentality - deep freezers.
It Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Nobody really listens to Germany's leading virologists anymore. Berlin’s Christian Drosten said, "I very much regret to see these days that we are just about to completely lose our lead."
Virologist Melanie Brinkmann from the Helmholtz Centre in Braunschweig warns, "We will get a second wave of infection even more severe than this one because it will take place all over Germany and be less localized, as was the case with the first wave."
Listening to people who know something about the subject is out of fashion. How all this will turn out remains to be seen.
Although the number of people actually infected is decreasing, the criterion of whether a pandemic is under control is the reproduction rate R, i.e., how many persons one person afflicted with Covid-19 is likely to infect. If this figure is kept below one, the number of infected people will decrease with time.
Another significant value is the incidence rate IR. The average IR for Germany is 137 per 100,000 people. The highest values are found for the districts of Tirschenreuth in Bavaria and Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia with incidence rates of 1,513 and 680, respectively. In the first district, a carnival session, and in the other district, the mid-lent strong-beer fest was at the origin of a significant infection cluster. This shows that alcohol-driven Volksfests are the ideal breeding grounds for SARS-CoV-2, a fact that finally led to the cancellation of “the” Oktoberfest this year.
The city of Freiburg is also putting its 900th-anniversary jubilee on ice. It is suspended until September 2020. Lord Mayor Martin Horn has proposed to the city council an extension of the anniversary until spring 2021. He said. "The Corona crisis is also a bitter setback for our anniversary. Now we want to replace the celebration with cohesion, solidarity, and creativity."
|This morning: An Antonov-124 unloads 9.6 tons of masks "Made in China" at Leipzig airport|
Red Baron had promised not to take any more selfies. But a correction is necessary, so here is my acquisition of a sturdier mouth nose cover made of paper.
From Monday on, the wearing of MNBs is compulsory in shops and public transport all over Germany.
|In an empty streetcar|
Presently this is my only mask made from fabric, although I ordered more of those fashionable accessories likely to arrive next week.
Denn für dieses Leben ist der Mensch nicht schlau genug
N.B.: In 1928, Bertold Brecht wrote the "Song about the Inadequacy of Human Planning" with the line, "For this life man* isn't clever enough."
*Other genders are included