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Lockdown instead of knowledge

How Germany is destroying its children

It has been 371 days since the corona virus was first confirmed on December 31, 2019 in Wuhan, China. For more than a year the virus has caused terrible disease processes and hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide. It is a new type of virus that is so far unknown and not yet adequately researched. It is therefore presumptuous to accuse politicians or other decision-makers of failure or the like at the beginning of 2020. Countries, researchers, politicians and people around the world were puzzled. These are the basic facts at the beginning of the corona pandemic.
But what followed months after the outbreak? While science researched vaccination options and therapies against the disease and initiated studies on a wide variety of issues and gradually delivered the first results, politics mostly followed only one calculation: keep your distance, avoid contacts, close shops and observe hygiene measures.

After the first lockdown, experts came forward and pointed out the serious consequences for children. Educational backlogs in schools that are difficult to make up, with children who come from socially disadvantaged areas even show higher educational gaps in percentage terms. The social interaction of children is further prevented by regulations such as contact restrictions of the federal states and children from difficult family backgrounds are hit even harder. Because while kindergartens or schools were previously a safe haven for these children, these children are now exposed to the difficult family environment all day and around the clock.

Often it is only parents who are themselves at the limit because they have to reconcile job, quarantine, lockdown and children’s education. Unfortunately, children are also affected whose parents, for a variety of reasons, are not up to the daily and complete care of the children and then damage them both physically and mentally. It does not matter whether it is caused by psychological illnesses, addictions or the like – the suffering are the children who are now continuously exposed to this situation.

The failure of politics

Justification of the policy for this? The lockdown is necessary to prevent the disease from spreading. Bases for these measures? Hardly any! While at the beginning of the epidemic, the virologist Dr. Drosten assumed that children were at the same risk of infection as adults, but further studies have now revealed a much more differentiated picture. Because children are infectious differently depending on their age and so politicians should have developed a much more differentiated concept. This would have been necessary even if the virus was only spread within an acceptable range over the summer months. But virologists and epidemiologists already pointed out in the spring that autumn and winter would come, and they were right.

Until then, did politics? Mostly slept! No concepts were developed. Politicians have issued bans and restrictions, some of which were illegal. The fact that parliament was not doing its job during this time and that such extensive decisions were simply passed in the prime ministerial round and bypassing parliament adds an exclamation point to the whole thing.

What did the opposition do about it? Nothing!

The lack of a children’s lobby

You can feel sorry for the children. Because while billions and billions of dollars in loans are given out for fluctuating commercial enterprises, investments in the education and care of our children are in short supply. The schools and kindergartens were neither provided with useful air filter systems, nor did schools react to the miserable experiences during the first lockdown. Why weren’t all teachers equipped with appropriate FFP2 protective masks? It is well known that the mouth and nose area is the main entry point for the virus. Kindergartens changed their concepts and rescheduled and schools tried to offer a minimum level of education through alternating lessons. But ultimately the lockdown also closed schools and kindergartens.

But weren’t home improvement stores open when the first lockdown occurred? Do you remember the crowds and the lines at the checkout? What about the Deutsche Bahn, which is known to be owned by the state? With public transport, shops and many more. It cannot be explained why schools and daycare centers have to remain closed while people huddle together on public transport or are allowed to work together on a daily basis.

Excuse me, the risk of infection is of course much higher here, but this is about the economy. On the one hand, of course, understandable. On the other hand, the question arises why schools and daycare centers with a much lower risk remain closed?

Misunderstood solidarity

Why is a lockdown being imposed across Germany and daycare centers and schools being closed? Out of solidarity? Is it in solidarity to prevent children’s educational entitlement in this country due to a high number of infections in the neighboring town? To enable educational gaps and to forbid the children from social contact?

It is a total failure of politics as a whole and the daily rhetoric can hardly hide the fact that the situation is not changing. In France, for example, physical violence against children increased by 50% during lockdown.

Germany will have to struggle with this behavior towards its young and weak population for decades to come. The social effects, the school performance and the level of knowledge of our children and young people will certainly be felt. But what was this high price good for? How many infections could it be prevented? Is the number of infections the only important factor in life?


Sebastian Götz
Sebastian Götzhttps://krippenzeit.de
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