Why do people need honesty

Dealing with the corona crisis : Honesty, flexibility and solidarity - we need these virtues now

We can do it. With that short, overused sentence, it was never quite clear what it was - a prediction or an appeal. In both senses, however, it is time to revive him. Because we have to make it so that it doesn't make us. This it, this is the coronavirus pandemic. Its consequences, that is for sure, will turn the lives of many people upside down. In order to cope with the consequences, three virtues must be strengthened: honesty, flexibility, solidarity.

Honesty is the condition of trust. Trust, on the other hand, is the condition of acceptance. It follows immediately that the government, whether at the federal, state or municipal level, must inform the population on a daily basis. What does she know and what follows from it? Which measures are taken based on which data and considerations? Politics must be transparent in order to be accepted. The more radical, the more transparent.

Much is still unclear about this pandemic

No question is illegitimate. Why are schools closed but the subway is running? What will happen to my Easter vacation? When everything is canceled, how do people fight the warehouse fever? Something is demanded of everyone, the responsibility of the demander to explain is correspondingly great. Not knowing is also part of transparency, as is the admission that you may have made a mistake at one point or another. Mistakes are forgiven when it can be clearly explained how they came about.

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Much is still unclear about this pandemic. How does the virus behave when it is warm? How fast can a vaccine be developed? Spread and death numbers vary widely around the world. But one thing is clear: we have to react flexibly and also be innovative.

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Where schools are closed, the transfer of knowledge should continue as far as possible, with young people via Facetime, Whatsapp or Skype. People who are in quarantine are helped by a tele-doctor, with whom they can make visual contact, often more than a phone call. There are thousands of retired doctors who could be used in telemedicine.

But the most important thing is solidarity. Hand on heart: Do you know who in your household or neighborhood is affected and needs help? On Twitter, people network under the hashtag #Nachbarschaftschallenge. They give each other tips on what solidarity in practice looks like.

Crises produce the best and the worst

An example: A notice in the stairwell or a personal message in the mailbox can be used to form small units of volunteers among each other. They exchange telephone numbers, form crisis reaction forces. The help then ranges from shopping to picking up prescriptions and medication to breaking isolation via phone calls, emails, text messages or the use of social networks.

Crises, it is said, produce the best and the worst in people. There are examples for some as well as, unfortunately, for others. The narrow-minded reveal themselves through impatience, panic, righteousness and ignorance. On the other hand, those who are free from exclusive care for themselves become free for the cares of others. That's what it's all about, now and tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.

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