A pensioner or civil servant, living in the country and with a family, does not suffer from huge restrictions. City dwellers, singles, families, the self-employed and job seekers are running out of air. Yet significantly fewer patients are sitting at the family doctor’s (social insurance saves money, also because the flu was canceled because of the hygiene measures). The intensive care units are thankfully not overloaded and the number of people who die from or with Covid has decreased. But many sick people are under-treated, and depression is on the rise.
The number of those currently infected with the South Africa virus in Tyrol is already falling. When all the very old are finally vaccinated, there must be opening steps. We know more about prevention and treatment and we also test eight times as much (!) As Germany. The night gastronomy must remain closed. But sports halls and restaurants could be open until 8 p.m., cultural events may be possible under certain conditions. (Has a platform “Justice for Ulrike Lunacek” already formed?)
With her insistence on an ever lower seven-day incidence, Angela Merkel has a huge impact on the rest of Europe: If the Germans continue to stay away, not only this year’s winter tourism is broken, but also the next summer season. But if, as the most uncreative of all solutions, the closure remains, the companies will lack the strength to reopen, and their staff will have searched the distance. (Even before Corona it was difficult to find cooks and waiters.) Incidentally, a Dutch administrative court has declared the curfew there to be illegal. We must soon give the citizens of Europe back personal responsibility. Unfortunately that didn’t work out well in the fall. But we will certainly not be able to remain in lockdown for many months to come.