Did the Germans really not do anything better than others during the Corona crisis, as the virologist Christian Drosten thinks?
The numbers speak a different language.
A comment by Merkur editor-in-chief Georg Anastasiadis.
Christian Drosten is Germany's leading virologist.
He was the first to correctly predict the corona pandemic, and many German citizens trust his word.
Correspondingly shocked and also depressed, many reacted to his statement that the pandemic was only just getting started in Germany.
Just yesterday, Drosten admitted that he had issued his warning - which had been sold as brand new - many weeks ago.
At a time when, unlike today, many German citizens were still quite carefree, almost carefree.
Such uncleanliness costs trust.
The point now must not be to scare the already deeply insecure citizens even more.
What we need is mindfulness and responsibility for one another, but don't panic.
Prime Minister Markus Söder should also weigh his words more carefully.
Anyone who speaks of a rolling "corona shock wave" like him is only talking about the state of emergency that we must prevent.
Fear also makes you sick.
And is it even true what Drosten says?
That Germany hadn't done anything better than other countries, just a little earlier with its measures?
In doing so, Jörg Pilawa rightly pointed this out at Maischberger, he takes away people's momentum of responsibility and devalues the admirable discipline and compliance that characterize the Germans.
The efforts have not been in vain and will not be in the future.
This is not the time for apathy.
Every individual is challenged.
We shouldn't let anyone tell us otherwise.