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The New Normal




"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…

Anna Anna
When will everything
finally get back to normal?

Fears of empty super­market shelves, deserted city centers, reports of military transporters carrying corpses to over­filled crematoria, and new shocking coronavirus statistics every evening. What we only knew from movies has suddenly become reality. Yet while some people look back with a longing and ask themselves when things will finally return to how they were, Max Frisch would probably ask whether we want our old lives back at all. Or has the pandemic even done us some good perhaps?

One thing seems certain – it has made many of us stop and think. For example, is the constant “bigger, faster, more” really so life-enhancing? Would a slower pace of life help not only the environment but each and every one of us? Are not a sense of community and together­ness indeed more valuable than striving for ever-greater prosperity and success? We do not know when we will have overcome the corona­virus pandemic. However, according to futurologist Matthias Hort, more than half of us have absolutely no desire to go back to life before Covid. We take stock of the new normal.

Raffi Raffi
We’ve arranged
to have dinner.
Are you coming too?
Luisa Luisa
When will I finally
see you again at break
time? I miss you.

And suddenly schools are shut. The last time that happened in Germany was after World War Two, when education ground to a halt. Now, lockdown sees the kitchen table transformed into a school desk.

The abrupt changeover to home­schooling has presented many families with major challenges. In particular, children whose parents cannot offer them the necessary support quickly reach the limits of their learning. And the lack of social interaction between students is also having a negative impact. However, the corona­virus pandemic has shown that, despite not being an alternative to class­room teaching, home­school­ing can help bridge these times of crisis and provide a useful addition to lessons in the long term.

Maria Maria
Is it still
a democracy
when the state
says I have
to wear a
face mask?
Chris Chris
Problem climate change

And suddenly we reach the climate targets after all? Empty highways, empty planes,empty hotels. What is a nightmare for industries like tourism is a blessing for the climate: Scientists at the Technical University of Kaisers­lautern have calculated the "corona effect" on the climate and are

optimistic that Germany will be able to achieve the climate goals for 2020 after all, if the measures are continued a little. They found that in Europe, the demand for electricity has fallen by 19 percent, which has led to a 34% reduction in emissions in the erniergiesektur alone. Worldwide reports of up to 50% lower CO₂ emissions, better air quality and even dolphins in the canals in Venice* are making the rounds. Nature breathes a sigh of relief amidst the chaos? In any case, during the crisis, mankind has proven that it is very well capable of solving mankind's biggest problem in record time: climate change. If we have already achieved this once, can we not continue to do so? Radical renunciation as a solution to the climate crisis? It would be better if we could enjoy freedom and life and still protect the climate. Smart technologies are pointing the way forward: Greenpeace calculates that a gigantic 5.4 million tons of CO₂ emissions can be saved just by having employees leave their cars at home two days a week and work from home.

Julia Julia
Can I do this while
working from home?
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.
Peter Peter
What now? Is my
daughter sharing
her location data
If more than 60% of a population install and use Corona App, the Corona pandemic can be stopped

This is how the app works

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.

Markus Markus
Come onto the
balcony – I want to give
you back the salt
Joel Joel
Do you even dare
to go there now?

In the corona pandemic, many people avoid going to the doctor's office due to their fear of catching a virus. Politicians have reacted by relaxing the rules and clearing the way for more online con­sul­ta­tions. Especially for people who live in the countryside, this is a big step towards better health and quality of life, the annoying trip to the con­ges­ted city is spared. But city dwellers also benefit, because bore­dom in waiting rooms is a thing of the past.

Be careful if you want to treat your diseases with "Dr. Google". Unlike doctors, he is not subject to confiden­tiality. You can find out what conse­quences this can have and how you can search for health information online without being tracked in our special on digital privacy.

Darrell Darrell
But aren’t the
billions of video chats
ruining our climate?
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  • Kupferkabel 4g
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  • 4G 13g
  • 3G 50g
Mikki Mikki
Honey, can you
order the toilet paper