The adults could be expected to have more rules. The smallest ones shouldn’t suffer the most from the pandemic.
Postponed is not canceled: The so-called one-friend rule, according to which even small children are only allowed to meet one permanent person outside of the family in the future, was fortunately rejected by the Prime Minister for the time being. Such a radical contact restriction could definitely come – if the corona infection numbers stay too high until next week and if Angela Merkel sticks to her suggestion.
As good and reassuring as it is that the Chancellor looks at the numbers with a scientific understanding and soberly draws conclusions about what could help to contain the pandemic: With all common sense, it is not just about mathematics and the calculation of probability, which measure the Corona numbers could probably press the fastest. It also has to be about the people who are affected. And about which ones are more or less resilient.
Sure: if nothing works, nothing works for everyone. But it shouldn’t be the little ones who should suffer the hardest from a crisis that they don’t really understand and maybe never fully overcome if we’re not careful. Precisely because the corona measures are likely to be necessary for a long time, care must be taken that they do not cause too much damage to the adolescents. In short, with all justifiable relaxations, the following should apply: Children first!
This also applies to education. Homeschooling may be easy for good students. But if you barely keep up anyway, you risk being left completely behind if you only half school. You must and can take this into account for as long as possible. Especially since the risk of infection is apparently lower in younger children than in older adolescents and adults.
However, even greater restrictions can be imposed on them if necessary. There is definitely room for maneuver as long as hairdressers and the churches, especially those at risk, are even open indoors. But asking young children to choose a single friend for the next few months is clearly too tough. What if the desired person unfortunately says no and prefers to play with others? What if a child can’t choose between their two best friends? There are certainly compromises: If the apartments get too tight and risky, children could play together outdoors, where all virologists say it is far less dangerous.
The one-friend rule may now be off the table. Hopefully. But the fact that it was even presented by the Chancellery shows that too little is given to the children there because of all the math.