Probably never in the past decades has such a massive restriction of freedom been accepted as without complaint as in these weeks. But the lack of outcry speaks for the Germans: word has apparently got around that the coronavirus can only be dealt with by strictly reducing the number of contacts, so the strategies are appropriate and sensible. It is all the more annoying when this rare constructive peace is endangered in order to launch restrictions on civil rights with reference to the Corona crisis, the benefits of which in the fight against Covid-19 are at least questionable.
Jens Spahn tried it anyway. He introduced two laws to the cabinet on Monday to combat the corona crisis in Germany. It originally included a passage that would have allowed health authorities to request cell phone data from infected people via the provider in order to identify contact persons. If the law of the CDU politician had come through the cabinet in this way, the state would have interfered with the fundamental right of informational self-determination, although that would probably not do much.
In any case, the digital expert on the left, Anke Domscheit-Berg, finds clear words in the interview with my colleague Jonas Schaible: “Spahn is also doing meaningful things, but this suggestion was completely pointless,” she said. Tracking is a crazy idea.
“Although a lot of people like to think of digital data as a miracle cure, direct contact cannot be identified with radio cell data as discussed in this context at all. It covers relatively large areas. One would create motion profiles to End of knowing that there were hundreds or thousands of people in a radio cell, possibly dozens or hundreds of meters apart. What to do with it? How to do it? ” On the other hand, it makes more sense to arrange for more tests and to equip the health authorities with a lot more employees.
You can read the entire interview here.
Here are the key developments of the day:
Covid-19 in worldwide numbers
Confirmed cases: 396,249
Recovered from the disease: 103,334
Germany: 27,436 confirmed sufferers, 114 deaths
Swell: CSSE / Johns Hopkins University, As of March 24, 2020, 4:01 p.m .; Robert Koch Institute, as of March 24, 2020, 8:00 a.m.
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The reader question
We regularly answer a question from our readers about the corona virus. Today from reader Klaus Richter:
“Since we meet each other clothed, on the street or indoors, I am concerned with the question of how long and with what danger the new corona virus could stay alive on various textiles – jackets, coats, shirts, sweaters, wool, cotton, Leather, synthetic fabrics? “
Janne Kieselbach’s answer from the SPIEGEL science department:
“Basically, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) assumes that the main transmission path of the new type of coronavirus is droplet infection. As a rule, people do not become infected by touching contaminated surfaces, but rather by an infected person in theirs Proximity speaks, sneezes, or coughs, but that doesn’t mean that smear can be ruled out, so your question is important.
According to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), coronaviruses get through sneezing or coughing on surfaces and can survive there for a while. If you touch these surfaces and then move your hand to your face, there is a risk of infection. Initial laboratory analyzes show, for example, that Sars-CoV-2 can remain infectious for up to four hours on copper surfaces, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to three days on stainless steel and plastic.
Unfortunately, such values have not yet been determined for textiles. The British virologist Deenan Pillay assumes that the novel corona virus can survive for some time on clothing such as scarves. However, the duration can hardly be estimated, because it depends, for example, on how much spit or expectoration the virus used to get onto the soft surface.
In short: your question cannot yet be answered with certainty. For the time being, however, we should assume that Sars-CoV-2 can survive on jackets, sweaters or trousers under very specific conditions and thus – at least in principle – can be passed on. The best protection against infection is therefore here too: keep your distance from your fellow human beings, wash your hands regularly and do not touch your face! “
How are you?
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Have a relaxing Tuesday evening
Yours Kurt Stukenberg
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