Learning from Mistakes The Lessons of Germany's Coronavirus Response

Germany's response to the coronavirus pandemic has been widely praise, but plenty of mistakes have been made both in Berlin and in state capitals. Have we learned anything?
Coronavirus testing station at the Cologne/Bonn airport.

Coronavirus testing station at the Cologne/Bonn airport.

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René Gottschalk: "If people would consistently wear masks, the nightmare would be over in a few weeks."

René Gottschalk: "If people would consistently wear masks, the nightmare would be over in a few weeks."

Foto: Gaby Gerster / DER SPIEGEL
Gottfried Ludewig, Health Ministry tech expert: "There is a proclivity in the public debate to describe the coronavirus with a specific number. But there isn't one, this is an iterative process."

Gottfried Ludewig, Health Ministry tech expert: "There is a proclivity in the public debate to describe the coronavirus with a specific number. But there isn't one, this is an iterative process."

Foto: Peter Rigaud / DER SPIEGEL
High school students in Berlin: "Closing the schools was easy. But responsibly reopening them again, that was the true challenge facing us."

High school students in Berlin: "Closing the schools was easy. But responsibly reopening them again, that was the true challenge facing us."

Foto: Karsten Thielker / FOTOFINDER
Bodo Ramelow: "We protect computer networks from viruses, but not our real lives. I see that as a grave mistake."

Bodo Ramelow: "We protect computer networks from viruses, but not our real lives. I see that as a grave mistake."

Foto: Nora Klein
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