Merkel Gives Germans a Hard Truth About the Coronavirus
The famously no-nonsense chancellor, keeping to form, braced Germany for an epidemic that may reach extraordinary scale.
"People believed her. There was no run on the banks." A leader tells her nation the truth - including the fact that millions will get this virus - takes sensible measures. Incredible.
“It was vintage Merkel.” The chancellor, a trained physicist, has given Germans some cold hard facts about the coronavirus in a way no other leader has. Our report:
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“We have to understand that many people will be infected,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said of the coronavirus. “The consensus among experts is that 60 to 70 percent of the population will be infected as long as this remains the situation.”
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“We must take all necessary measures. It is about protecting older people, those with previous illnesses and vulnerable groups. This is putting our solidarity, common sense and openheartedness for one another to the test. I hope that we will pass it.”
Two in three Germans may become infected, Ms. Merkel said at a news conference that reverberated far beyond her country. There is no immunity now against the virus and no vaccine yet. It spreads exponentially, and the world now faces a pandemic.
i mean, finally, someone gives it to us straight: 2/3 of people are gonna get CV, and the full show will take a year to play out. thanks Angela.
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Merkel told Germany that 60% to 70% of the country will get it. This is the best response IMO because it shakes awake the people who think "it can't happen to me."
"“It was vintage Merkel,” said Andrea Roemmele, a professor of political science at the Hertie School in Berlin. “She showed leadership in a crisis. She reassured people. And she talked facts."
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30-50% of global population will get coronavirus — 70% in places hardest hit. Social distancing and aggressive measures to test and contain are among factors that make the difference.
That's how severe the #covid19pandemic is: "If need be, Germany will even suspend its cherished balanced budget and borrow more".
and anyone else who understands medicine/science: How do we square predicted infection rates of 30 to 70 percent with reports that the outbreak has peaked in China?