Wellness Health – How to Safely Reuse + Dispose Surgical Masks / N95s / Cloth Face Covers

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Each type of face covering has a different method, and knowing what to do with them really matters.

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends the use of cloth face coverings in public settings where appropriate social distancing could be difficult to maintain, like in line at the grocery store or pharmacy. The purpose, according to the CDC, is to “protect other people, in case you’re infected.”

Even simple activities like talking could transmit droplets that behave like aerosol and could spread COVID-19, as demonstrated in a visualization video preliminary experiment detailed in The New England Journal of Medicine published on Wednesday, April 15. The video experiment, using laser light-scattering technology, involves a researcher talking, both with and without a facial covering, and then with a slightly damp washcloth over the mouth, and appeared to show a reduction in the visible droplets when a facial covering was worn. This visual experiment illustrated the benefits that facial coverings can provide in real-life situations.

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Since the goal is to prevent airborne droplets from spreading, the CDC offers several guidelines to ensure people wear and use their cloth face coverings correctly. For example, it should fully cover a person’s nose and mouth, be secured with ties or ear loops, and include multiple layers of fabric. While the cloth mask should fit snugly, it should also allow you to breathe.

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There are also recommendations for washing or disposing of masks or cloth face coverings, depending on the type you use. The first thing to know is how you remove, store, wash, or dispose of your mask or cloth face-covering matters.

Cassandra M. Pierre, a physician specializing in infectious diseases, and medical director of public health programs at Boston Medical Center, says since a mask can contain respiratory secretions on both the inside and outside, it’s important to make sure potentially harmful pathogens don’t come into contact with the environment.

So, what happens when you take your face covering off? You need to decide whether you’ll reuse or dispose of your mask. Whether you’re using a surgical mask, a handmade cloth face covering, or an N95 respirator, here are the best practices for taking care of them and disposing of them.

What to do with used surgical masks

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Given the mask shortage, Michael Chang, an infectious disease specialist at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Science Center in Houston, says some medical providers are reusing surgical masks for the same patient for at least one day, or one shift, then switching out masks between different patients whenever possible. These health care workers undergo training and education for safely removing and reusing masks.

Since studies haven’t confirmed if it’s at all possible to safely wash surgical masks so they remain effective, Chang doesn’t recommend trying to wash and dry them at home. Instead, use time to your advantage.

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If you have to re-use, “the best option would be to leave it stored in a container in the contaminated area for 72 hours. You don’t want it to be air-tight as air circulation helps with drying and may help inactivate the virus,” he says. However, Chang emphasizes that throwing away surgical masks would be better.

If you don’t have to reuse a surgical mask, as they’re designed to be disposable, Pierre recommends folding it in half to contain secretions on the inside, then putting it in a plastic bag or rolling it up in a tissue before throwing it away.

What to do with reusable cloth face coverings

The CDC recommends people routinely wash cloth face coverings in a washing machine, depending on the frequency of use. According to Pierre, a reusable cloth mask should be washed after each wear. When you take it off, fold it in half to contain the inner secretions and deposit it into a laundry bin, one ideally with a lid that you can close, if you aren’t able to wash it immediately.

Pierre says there’s no need to wash cloth masks separately from other clothes. “If you’re dumping them into a washing machine and then putting them into a dryer, that should effectively kill the virus,” she says. The water temperature for the washing machine cycle should be warm or hot, according to Pierre.

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No washing machine at home? Make sure to practice routine, thorough hand-washing hygiene if you’re hand-washing your mask with warm or hot water in the sink.

Lastly, always keep an eye on the integrity of the fabric between wears if you use a bandana or DIY cloth mask. “With repeated cycles of laundering, they can become thinner over time, which means an even lower barrier to prevent transmission,” she says. “If you feel like it’s becoming thinner, it’s probably time to get a new cloth mask for better protection.”

What to do with N95 respirator masks

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N95 respirator masks are in short supply. If you’re not a health care worker and you are in possession of unused N95 respirator masks, consider donating them to a health care facility. “Given the high-risk patients we’re seeing, we really want to preserve those N95s for health care workers,” Pierre says. “It’s really important for us to preserve that stock so we can continue to care for our patients.

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The best practices for effectively decontaminating N95 respirators are still developing, but in a study published April 15, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) validated four kinds of decontamination methods for health care facilities for N95 respirator masks: UV light, 70 percent ethanol spray, 158 degrees Fahrenheit heat, and vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP).

The study found that ethanol spray damaged the mask’s fit after two decontamination sessions, UV and heat did the same after three sessions, and suggested that VHP appeared to be the best method to retain the integrity of mask for up to three reuses and decontamination sessions.

Still, keep in mind N95’s are meant for single use. “The longer you keep and use it the more it may lose filtration ability, fit, and breathability,” Pierre says. “Depending on what you’re noticing, you have to examine it before you use it to make sure you have a good seal and it still fits.”

When you throw your N95 away, dispose of it the same way you would a surgical mask, wrapping it in a tissue or a plastic bag and putting it in a receptacle, ideally one with a lid.

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Life in Germany – 9 Virtual Sports Offers From Local Gyms in Frankfurt

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Quarantine, home office and social distance do not have to mean that the whole world is now mutating into couch potatoes sitting on the couch. Especially now, that life is mainly sitting at home, it is all the more important to keep your pulse going and stretch your joints. 

Regardless of whether you have already done a lot of sport before Corona or not – the storage bunker does not stop at any. It is not just about physical health, but especially about mental health. 

That is why you will find a selection of virtual sports offers from Frankfurt – for your living room.

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It is, of course, no secret that there are countless workout videos on YouTube. But why not also support virtual local institutions?

Many clubs and gyms from the Frankfurt region, which had to close temporarily, are gradually making sports courses and tutorials available online to bridge the isolation period (probably until April 19). There is something for every fitness level, every age and every taste.

The best: No one is watching you sweat anymore! Why not try something new? Who knows when you will have the opportunity again.

These Frankfurt online courses are free and accessible to everyone:


1. Goethe University – Center for University Sports

  • scheduled online courses via Zoom / Skype
  • Yoga, Pilates, Ballet, HIT, Zumba, Contemporary Dance, HYROX (combination of strength, interval and endurance)
  • www.zfh-db.sport.uni-frankfurt.de

2. Frankfurt gymnastics and sports community 1847

  • Video instruction
  • Various sports for adults (yoga, pilates, stretching, dance aerobics …), seniors (gymnastics, back exercises …) and children (karate, capoeira, dance)
  • http://www.ftg-frankfurt.de

3. Gymnastics community Bornheim

  • Video instructions (Instagram) and live sessions (Instagram and homepage)
  • Qi Gong, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Stretch, Interval, Fitness Workout, Bodystyling
  • www.tgbornheim.de/app

4. Gymnastics community Höchst 1847

5. Aerobics & Fitness depot Bad Vilbel

6. Sportgemeinschaft 1877 Frankfurt-Nied

7. Fit Seven Eleven

8. Colosseum fitness

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  • Video instruction
  • Circuit training, leg workout, high intensity training, outdoor workout
  • www.colosseum-gym.de

9. Motsi Mabuse – the Taunus dance school

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+ The sports hotline

By the way: If you are unsure which training is best for you and your body or if you have any other questions about sports, you can now get advice from experts on the phone. The Olympiastützpunkt Hessen has set up a telephone hotline for sports medicine issues via the Sportklinik Frankfurt. You can call Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 069 – 678009 .

Stay Strong And Healthy, You All!

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Beauty – Fastest And Easiest Makeup Looks For Online Meetings During Home Office


You only need a few products and a couple of spare minutes to look presentable while working from home.

Here’s the situation: You’ve been working from home for a couple of weeks now. You’ve got a big meeting on Zoom in about 10 minutes, and you’re still in your wildly comfortable but totally ratty T-shirt and sweatpants. Your hair’s disheveled (and not in a cute way) and you haven’t so much as glanced at your makeup kit in days. Nevertheless, you want to look upbeat and professional, even when the entire world is operating in a different reality than it was back in February when this meeting was put on your calendar.

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Many of us will be working from home, and therefore conducting business over video conferencing platforms, indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, it doesn’t take that much effort to put together a polished makeup look when your coworkers are viewing you through a low-quality webcam.

We asked a few of our favorite makeup artists for their best tips and tricks for fast and easy makeup. As long as you have a few key products, your bosses will have no clue your makeup only took about five minutes. Or that you’re secretly still in your pajamas.


Glowing Skin and Bright Lips

Now is the perfect time to play around with your facial dimensions. Her best advice for looking presentable on the fly is to focus less on covering skin imperfections and place emphasis on cheekbones, brows, and lips instead. Suggested go-to conference-call look requires prepping the skin first with a nourishing oil.

Putting an oil all over your skin is, first of all, a great barrier — but second of all, the kind of nourishment you get from oil will instantly give your skin this beaming quality without it being frosty, or highlight-y, or shimmery. If we’re doing conference calls, we want to look good, but we don’t want to look glamorous.

The added glow is just one benefit of prepping with skin oil, according to Baker. “I notice when I’m using it, I need less foundation because the foundation’s mixing with the oil and I’m buffing it around to get this really luminous and lovely skin,” she says. With this method, you should only need a few droplets of foundation and a few seconds to blend it out with a fluffy blush brush.

To prevent looking “flat” on camera, Baker then opts for a soft contour. “You can use contour to your best advantage right now because people aren’t actually seeing you in person,” she says. If you’ve ever wanted to try changing the angle of your jawline or sculpting your cheekbones into a whole new dimension, Baker says now is the best time to do so.


Surprisingly, Baker likes to skip eye looks while working from home, and not just because it’s hard to see on a webcam. “If you’re working for hours on end at home, wearing mascara feels like just another irritant to your day. Let’s skip eyes altogether and just do a brow, a soft contour, and a lip… because those are the things that really read on camera.”

A bold red lipstick is the biggest key factor for remote Zoom calls, Baker thinks. “Having a bold lip right now says to people: Business as usual,” she explains. “I’m going for something that says I’m confident, I’m here, I’m awake, I’m happy, [and] I’m not afraid… Every time I put it on, I feel better.”

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The speed and ease of a makeup look totally come down to a person’s preferences and regular routine, but when a person is in a hurry, it relies on multitasking products to create monochromatic lips, cheeks, and eyes. Before doing anything, it makes sure that’s got some natural light where she’s applying her makeup.

It begins by spritzing its face with a hydrating face mist. I would only mist the sides of my face, not the front, just to get the shine going on the high points of my face and not the T-zone.

And then I would only put concealer in all the spots that I need it. To create a little dimension on face, it mostly applies it in the center, around eyes, lips, and eyebrows. To blend that concealer out, we use brushes but encourages us to use whatever tool you know you can work quickly with, whether that’s a brush, sponge, or fingers.

Brow gel and mascara polish off her favorite for last-minute meetings, but not before we reaches for our go-to product for cutting down on time: Tower 28’s BeachPlease Tinted Lip + Cheek Balm. You can just throw one on and it looks really, really nice.

One-Step Eye Looks

New York City-based makeup artist Tommy also says that everyone’s fastest and easiest makeup look will differ from person to person based on preferences and makeup habits. “My philosophy to ‘minute makeup’ is to make a system,” he says. “Just keep it simple and cut corners where possible.”

Even when he’s not required to work remotely, Tommy makes sure to stick to a good skin-care routine so that if he’s strapped for time, he can focus on applying makeup to the eyes, cheeks, and lips rather than relying on a time-consuming base routine. To conceal dark circles and other imperfections, he swipes on YSL Beauté Touche Eclat concealer but lets it dry down a little before blending it out.


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Most liquid concealers build beautiful coverage this way, and it’s my quick trick for people who waste precious minutes bouncing a wet Beauty blender around.

While he’s waiting for that concealer to dry down, he moves on to the lips and cheeks using products in stick or pot form because they’re faster to apply and blend. Nars’s The Multiple and Fenty Beauty Match Stix are both great.

A high-impact eye can also be achieved on the fly, Tommy says, if you’ve got the right kinds of products. “Twist-up or sharpenable stick waterproof eye shadows are a go-to for applying and blending with fingers and not having to think about as the day wears on,” he explains.


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Sephora Cosmetics – 7 New Beauty Products You Can Get Online This April 2020

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Sephora’s doors may be closed for the time being (along with other brands who are doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19), but that doesn’t mean that new product drops aren’t happening online, where you can indulge your beauty whim from the comfort and safety of your home.

While staying healthy (and indoors) is the most important thing we can do right now, we’re also not denying the cheer-up powers of brushed-up brows and decadent body lotion.

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Plus, Sephora is still offering free shipping with every order, so now’s as good a time as any to treat yourself to some much-deserved beauty self-care. Best 7 just-landed products ahead fit the bill, and so much more. Let us take a look what they go for us for newly released beautiful ones.


1.RMS Beauty Ethereal Lip & Cheek Set

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This luxe set curated by founder and makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift includes a full-size Lip2Cheek, plus a tinted lip balm and cheek duo in spring-ready hues of rosy pink.

RMS Beauty Ethereal Lip & Cheek Set, $48.00, available at Sephora.

2.Milk Makeup Melatonin Overnight Serum

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The latest skin care-in-a-stick concoction by Milk Makeup is a melatonin-infused night serum that’s packed with goji, açai, blueberry, and blackberry to calm and provide antioxidant benefits to a tired complexion.

Milk Makeup Melatonin Overnight Serum, $36.00, available at Sephora.

3.Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush

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Sadly, this stuff (plus the cream bronzer) has already sold out on Sephora.com. But don’t miss out on the second drop by signing up for the waitlist — we’ve got our eyes on this summer-ready tangerine.

Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush, $20.00, available at Sephora.


4.Tatcha The Water Cream: Limited Edition Value Size

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As of 2020, Tatcha has funded four million days of school for young women and girls through the brand’s longstanding partnership with Room To Read. To celebrate the milestone, the brand re-released The Water Cream in limited-edition packaging and a jumbo-sized jar for added value.

Tatcha The Water Cream: Limited Edition Value Size, $80.00, available at Sephora.

5.Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel

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Benefit’s bestselling tinted brow gel is now available in a limited-edition value size that’ll last you months before your next restock. What’s more, they’ve added two new hues — warm medium brown and cool gray — to the permanent shade lineup.

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel, $38.00, available at Sephora.


6.Shani Darden Retinol Reform

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Celebrity esthetician Shani Darden’s curated skin-care range just hit Sephora.com, much to the delight of long-time fans. What we’re loving: the top-selling Retinol Reform, which is already sold out in the mini size.

Shani Darden Skin Care Retinol Reform®, $88.00, available at Sephora.

7.Caudalie Vinosculpt Lift & Firm Body Cream

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Treat the skin below the neck with luxe skin care-grade ingredients like grapeseed polyphenols and iris extract to help firm and smooth from head to toe.

Caudalie Vinosculpt Lift & Firm Body Cream, $45.00, available at Sephora.


Coronavirus And Job Market in Germany – What Can Job Seekers and Career Changers Do?

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The coronavirus pandemic has affected the world as we know it, and numerous industries and businesses are suffering (or, in some cases, gaining) from its powerful impact. Due to strict measures taken by governments across the globe, most companies are asking their employees to work from home. However, what about those who cannot do their jobs at home?

The job market in Germany

Looking at the job market composition during the COVID-19 pandemic, we can identify three main groups of people:

1. Who are looking for a job right now

This refers to people who were either already job seekers before the pandemic, or who have been laid off due to the pandemic.

2. Who will need a job in the near future

This refers to people who will lose a job because of pandemic and potential economic recession in the near future.

3. Who are looking for a career change

This refers to people who are currently staying at a job, but have been thinking about a career change, before or after the arrival of the pandemic.

If you are employed, your industry is not heavily affected by the crisis, and you’re happy at work, then relax. Wash your hands and stay in your home office. However, if you are in one of the above categories, read on.

Depending on which of these categories you fall under, your job search or career development strategy may vary. Let’s discuss each of the groups in more detail. 


Current job seekers

If you are a job seeker at the moment, a lot will depend on your industry. Obviously, there are sectors that are more heavily affected than others. Mainly, these are industries that depend on people going out or that require people to be present at a location; activities that cannot be replaced by virtual sessions. These include:

  • Tourism (travel, hotels, airlines, train and bus services, guides)
  • Leisure (sports, concerts and theatres, bars and restaurants, spas and beauty salons)
  • Manufacturing (may vary)

If this is the case for you, think of ways in which you can modify or adapt your business / job to the current situation, or other ways in which you can use your skills. Here are some tips on what you can do when faced with such a situation:

  • One possible solution is to start conducting online courses such as “how to master Adobe Photoshop” or “Learning German”.
  • You can also try to reinvent your business, for example, delivering food to your customers, providing them with new recipes online, or even DIY courses.
  • Watch out for any help the government might provide for you or your type of business.
  • Is there another industry that demands your hard / soft skills? If you are an engineer, then it is very probable that your knowledge is needed in other sectors. Or if you are a salesperson, think of what kind of value you could bring to other types of businesses. What transferable skills do you have?

However, if you are unable to, or simply don’t want to modify your business, there are two main options for you:

  1. Look for a job in another sector with your current skills
  2. Take a break and develop or expand on your qualifications

If you choose the first option, think of the industries that are still hiring. 


High-tech giants (Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, etc.)

They are accustomed to working remotely and may be running business as usual.

High-tech companies specialising in remote work (Zoom, Slack, Asana, Trello, etc.)

Since the majority of companies are bringing their business online when applicable and possible, these vendors need new workers urgently, to help meet the increased demand. 

Online learning companies

Data shows that people are using their time in quarantine to learn new skills. Therefore, there will be an increase in the number of people using distance learning platforms. Increased business demand means an increased need for new hires.

Digital entertainment (movies, games)

Schools and offices are closed, which means that demand for entertainment has increased, since the easiest choice for many is to watch a movie or play a game. Companies like Netflix are therefore still hiring. 


The healthcare sector is always under pressure to hire new talent. Today, this is especially true, as it never was before. Doctors, nurses and other medical staff are desperately needed in hospitals. Data specialists, researchers, scientists, and communications experts are also of utmost importance.

Pharmacies and medical technology

Pharmacies and medical technology companies are still hiring people to cover the current demand in the market.


If physical shopping is no longer possible, people will resort to online shopping. E-commerce companies are experiencing a boom in sales.

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Future job seekers

One way to deal with uncertainty about the future is to think ahead. The crisis will be over one day, and the world will become normal again. However, a large number of people will have lost their jobs or businesses. This means there will be a lot of competition out there. The best thing you can do is BE PREPARED.

Analyse where your industry is going and what skills will be needed

Right now, we can say that jobs that deal with data (analytics, data science and so on) will be needed more so than before. Furthermore, since a variety of businesses are now going online, specialists who have expertise in digitalisation and e-commerce will rock the market.

Improve yourself

Finally, this is the time to learn. And learn extensively. A lot of institutions provide their online courses either free of charge, or with extensive discounts. Use this time to develop the skills that you will be capable of selling later.

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Career changers

What if you are working at a secure job, but have been thinking about a career change? Is now the right moment to go about such a change?

Think of the strategies described above. The answer to the question of whether or not you should change your job now depends heavily on the industry and the role you have / want to obtain. Nowadays, it is crucial not to make any “occasional” decisions.

Think strategically and look at the market. Visiting a career coach or recruitment agency can be helpful in this case. The situation we are in now is unprecedented, and nobody can say with certainty what will happen next. However, investing into your own development is always a good idea.  

Final piece of advice

Companies are still hiring, but the process may take longer. Instead of an in-person interview, you will probably meet online. What does this mean for you?

  1. Know the value you bring and be prepared to back it up with numbers and evidence.
  2. Make sure your application documents (CV, cover letter, LinkedIn profile) are polished and you deliver your value proposition clearly.
  3. Make sure you are well prepared for the interview (do your research well).

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Coronavirus Crisis – Things That Change in April 2020 in Germany / the local

Everything that changes in April 2020 in Germany

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Whether long-time plans or emergency measures in response to the corona crisis, there’s a lot changing in Germany as of Wednesday(1st April 2020).

Higher ticket prices

Months before the corona crisis hit, a new regulation was approved to make flying less attractive through higher ticket prices and thus to better protect the environment. Slated to come into force on Wednesday, it mandates that:

  • The air transport tax for flights within Germany and in EU countries will increase by more than €5 euros to €13.03 per ticket,
  • Longer flights up to 6000 kilometres it will be increased by almost €10 to €33.01 .
  • For flight over 6000 kilometres, €59.43 will be due, or about €18 more than before.

Deferred loan repayments

All consumer loan agreements – whether for a new car, apartment or home – concluded before March 15th can be paused for a maximum of three months. This includes repayment, interest and principal payments due between April 1st and June 30th.

A free ride along the Rhine

In Monheim am Rhein all residents can travel by bus free of charge starting on Wednesday. The small town between Leverkusen and Düsseldorf will thus become the only municipality in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia where people will no longer have to pay anything for public transport. According to the city, it plans to spend just under €3.5 million a year on the measure.

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Changes for Hartz IV recipients 

Starting in April, job centres around Germany will be waiving the assets and rent examination for the Hartz IV applications for half a year.

Hartz IV recipients also no longer have to go to their job centre in person, but can usually simply call. Applications for unemployment benefit can be made by telephone or online.

Berlin’s Humboldt University to offer free legal advice in corona disputes starting in April

Whether canceled flights, ticket refunds, or rent issues: Consumer law advisors at Berlin’s Humboldt University will also be offering free advice as of Wednesday. Cases with an amount in dispute of up to €1,000 in consumer law and up to €5,000 in residential tenancy law will be accepted, the HU Consumer Law Office announced last week.

Interested parties could then mail their initial inquiries to hclc@rewi.hu-berlin.de. 

The service of the HU Law Department is staffed by students who are trained and supported by trained and fully qualified lawyers. This enables them to gain their first professional experience.

Protection against dismissing tenants

Currently, a landlord can terminate the lease if no rent is paid for two consecutive months. However, due to the corona crisis, terminations are now prohibited if a loss of income means that the tenant cannot pay their rent. 

This will initially apply to rent debts from the period between April 1st to June 20th, but the government is authorised to extend the measures until September 30th. 

However, the tenants’ obligation to pay the rent will in principle remain in place, and it will only be deferred. The arrears must be settled after two years at the latest, i.e. by June 30th, 2022. Otherwise, the landlord is permitted to evict the tenant for their failure to pay.

Schools start again

As a precautionary measure, schools and daycare centres were closed in all of Germany’s 16 states in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. After the end of the Easter holidays, classes and day care are officially slated to start again – but at different times in different states, ranging from April 14th in Hamburg to April 26th in Saarland. However, the closures stand to be extended. 

New child aid supplement

Through a massive aid package approved last Friday through Germany’s Federal Cabinet, parents with loss of earnings will have easier access to the so-called child supplement starting on Wednesday. The Kindergeld payment supports families in which the parents’ earnings are not sufficient for the whole family’s expenses. 

Up until now, the average income over the past six months has been the basis for calculating the child supplement. Yet from April 1st, only the income of the last month before the application has to be proven, and assets won’t be taken into account. This regulation initially lasts until the end of September.

Coronavirus ban to either end or be extended

The ban on contact imposed by the federal and state governments or the exit restrictions applicable in some federal states should also apply until at least April 20th, according to Helge Braun, head of the Chancellor’s Office and government coordinator in the Corona crisis.

In Bavaria, Saarland and Saxony, for example, curfew restrictions apply rather than bans on contacts.

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Childcare contributions are suspended in some federal states in April

Parents in North Rhine-Westphalia do not have to pay contributions to their children’s child care in April. All parental contributions for nurseries and day care – at home or in a centre – for the coming month would be suspended nationwide, said NRW family minister Joachim Stamp (FDP) on Thursday in Düsseldorf. 

Similar regulations already exist in several other federal states, such as Saxony and Thuringia. Parents should be reimbursed for kindergarten and after-school fees if the children cannot be looked after.

In many towns and cities in Lower Saxony, as well as in Baden-Württemberg, parents will probably not have to pay a daycare fee for April – and Schleswig-Holstein also wants to reimburse the fees. The municipalities are to receive €50 million from the Corona emergency aid program.Unmarried couples can adopt stepchildren in future The prerequisite is that they have lived together for at least four years or already have a child in the same household. If one of the two partners is still married to someone else, adoption is only possible in exceptional cases. Until now, stepchildren could only be adopted by the spouse of their parent.  Building better wages

Although construction is taking place in Germany, the construction industry is also feeling the effects of the current economic downturn caused by the corona pandemic. 

But because construction boomed for years and sales grew, more money will be available starting on April 1st for more than 200,000 of the 820,000 construction workers in the building industry nationwide.

These are the new wages agreed upon by the industry:

  • Minimum wage for unskilled work will rise by 35 cents to €12.55 per hour starting in April.
  • The minimum wage for skilled workers in west Germany and Berlin will then rise by 20 cents to €15.40 and €15.25 respectively. This minimum wage for skilled workers in the construction industry does not exist in the eastern German states.

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Many Luxury Fashion and Beauty Companies Donate Against Covid-19 + The Brand List


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The novel coronavirus is a global pandemic that has altered the way we live. Federal and local authorities have urged—and in some cases, mandated — their citizens to self-quarantine, leading to closures of schools, businesses, and public facilities. More pressing, hospitals are filling to capacity and draining the essential equipment they need to treat patients— particularly, surgical gloves and N95 face masks.

In the United States alone, the BBC reports more than 35,175 cases of coronavirus, a statistic expected to swell in the coming weeks. The outlet marks China at 81,496; Italy, Europe’s worst-hit country, is listed with 59,138, Spain with 33,089, and Germany with 26,220. As of today, there are more than 340,000 confirmed cases worldwide, prompting many government officials to call for aid. They are asking organizations not only to be vigilant, but to help out as best they can.

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Many fashion and beauty companies, the majority of which have ceased production altogether, have heeded the call, stepping up to taper down the adverse effects caused by COVID-19. Some are global firms with a breadth of resources, while others are small, independent companies.

But all, in their own ways, are committed to stopping the spread of the disease, providing assistance to those who need it during this trying time, or a combination of both. See below the brands that are playing their parts.

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The Italian label is providing 1,100,000 surgical masks and 55,000 medical overalls. It also plans on donating to crowdfunding campaigns that are supporting relief efforts, including the Italian Civil Protection Department and the the World Health Organizations’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. In addition, through #GucciCommunity, it is asking fans to make a donation to the WHO’s initiative, along with giving the agency complete access to its social media channels in the hopes of amplifying official public service information.

Ralph Lauren

The American lifestyle brand has pledged $10 million to coronavirus relief efforts, the biggest donation by a luxury company thus far. The grant will go to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, the Emergency Assistance Foundation, and its Pink Pony Fund, which supports a network of international cancer institutions. It is also starting production on 250,000 face masks and 25,000 isolation gowns for health care workers. Additionally, the firm gifted an undisclosed amount to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund to help fashion designers hit by the economic downturn. “We believe that no matter who you are or where you are from, we are all connected,” said Ralph Lauren in a statement. “That is why we are taking significant action to help our teams and communities through this crisis.”


Prada S.p.A is financing the ICUs of three new hospitals in Milan. The Italian company has also reconfigured its factory in Perugia to produce 110,000 masks and 80,000 medical garments that will be delivered to Tuscan hospitals on April 6.


The French luxury conglomerate is using the manufacturing facilities of its perfume and cosmetics brands to process large amounts of hydroalcoholic gel, which it will distribute free of charge to health authorities in France. It has also promised to donate 40 million face masks. “Through this initiative, LVMH intends to help address the risk and lack of product in France and enable a greater number of people to continue to take the right action to protect themselves from the spread of the virus,” read a statement issued by the company.



Many of the brands under the luxury company have pledged aid. The workshops of Gucci (see above), Saint Laurent, and Balenciaga will be producing face masks as soon as they get approval from health authorities.


Following the lead of LVMH, its parent company, the Italian jewelry brand, with fragrance partner ICR, will produce more than 100,000 hand sanitizer bottles that will be distributed through the Italian Civil Protection Department. Bulgari has also donated funds to the Spallanzani Hospital, which acquired a new microscope for researches looking to eradicate the novel coronavirus.


The parent company of Valentino, Balmain, and Pal Zileri will donate a new negative pressure ventilation installation to the Sacco Hospital in Milan. It will also donate €1 million to cover all the expenses related to the spread of coronavirus at the hospital, and another million to Protezione Civile Italiana, a government organization that deals with national disasters and catastrophes.

Jewelry Brands for No Kid Hungry

Spearheaded by publicists Danielle Gadi and Jennifer Lowitz, more than 100 jewelry brands have banded together for No Kid Hungry, an organization that provides meals to children across America—many of whom relied on the sustenance provided by schools that are now closed because of COVID-19. They include Irene Neuwirth, Brent Neale, Retrouvai, Jemma Wynne, Colette, and ZoëChicco—all who will be donating between 10 and 30 percent of sales to the nonprofit.

Estée Lauder

The beauty corporation donated a $2 million grant to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières to support its efforts in countries that lack substantial resources to combat the coronavirus. It also announced the reopening of a factory in Melville, New York, which will start producing hydroalcoholic gel. “The Estée Lauder Companies is proud to contribute to the broader COVID-19 relief efforts by reopening our Melville manufacturing facility this week to produce hand sanitizer for high-need groups and populations, including front-line medical staff,” it tells WWD.



The H&M Foundation donated $500,000 to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The company is also arranging its vast supply chain to produce personal protective equipment that will be distributed to hospitals around the globe and is giving global aid to organizations via access to it is social media platforms, so as to spread messages of health and safety.


Mario and Enrico Moretti Polegato, presidents of Geox and Diadora, have donated €1 million to health services in the Veneto region of Italy. Said the former in a statement, “In this historic moment of extreme emergency that Italy and Veneto are experiencing, it is our moral duty to support our doctors and nurses, working every day at the forefront in the fight against an invisible yet so fearful enemy, which makes us all equal, vulnerable, helpless.”

Grande Cosmetics

The beauty company will donate 15 percent of all purchases to Feeding America, an organization that supports a network of food banks across the nation.

Canada Goose

The outerwear brand’s manufacturing facilities in Toronto and Winnipeg will begin making scrubs and patient gowns that will be distributed to hospitals in its home nation. “Across Canada, there are people risking their lives every day on the frontlines of COVID-19 in healthcare facilities, and they need help,” said Dani Reiss, president and CEO of Canada Goose. “Now is the time to put our manufacturing resources and capabilities to work for the greater good.” The company has also donated RMB 1 million to the Wuhan Charity Federation to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coalition of American Brands

Fruit of the Loom, Parkdale Inc., Hanesbrands, American Giant, Beverly Knits, Los Angeles Apparel, Riegel Linen, AST Sportswear, and American Knits have all banded together to produce and distribute medical-grade masks.


The French apparel brand is distributing 10,000 masks made from excess fabric to non-medical workers (so the medical-grade ones can be prioritized for essential personnel) at hospitals across France (particularly the Aulnay-sous-Bois hospital) and later throughout Europe and possibly the United States. It will also offer breakfast to hospital employees every Friday in alternating cities throughout the globe. The company has also designed a shirt that will be sold on its website, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Red Cross.


The Barcelona-based apparel company has committed to donating two million masks that comply with the Spanish Ministry of Health’s guidelines to hospitals throughout the nation.



The beauty manufacturer behind CoverGirl and Calvin Klein fragrances is using its production facilities to make hydroalcoholic gel for medical and emergency services. “We stay close to our communities during these exceptionally challenging times,” said the company in a statement.

Pyer Moss

The apparel brand has formed a network called Your Friends in New York and set aside $50,000 to obtain N95 masks and medical supplies that it will distribute to local hospitals. It will be also providing financial aid to small minority- and women-led businesses suffering from this economic downturn.

Christian Siriano

The designer offered to help sew face masks in the wake of a possible medical supply shortage in the state of New York. “I am just in a unique scenario where I manufacture everything in New York already, I have a working atelier and everyone’s working from home, and my office is a townhouse,” he tells BAZAAR.com.


The Galicia-based umbrella company of Zara, Massimo Dutti, and Stradivarius has produced and shipped a great number of surgical masks to coronavirus patients and medical professionals in Spain, and will continue to do so. It also plans on manufacturing hospital gowns in its factories.


The brand is perfectly suited to aid in this global pandemic, manufacturing liquid-repellent sneakers for healthcare workers. And with the coronavirus lasting on surfaces for prolonged periods, the fact that these kicks are easier to clean are handy during this time. So far, the startup has donated $45,000-worth of sneakers to doctors and nurses that were testing patients at a hospital in Philadelphia.

John Elliott

The Los Angeles–based brand has pledged 10 percent of purchases up to $100,000 to the UCLA Health Fund. It has also made a donation of $10,000 to the organization.

Michael Costello

The Los Angeles–based designer has designed a cotton-nylon blend protective mask with a 70-to-74 percent air filtration effectiveness rate, in comparison to the 97 percent effectiveness of surgical face masks. His team will produce 20,000 that will be donated to medical professionals, first responders, and hospitals in L.A. County.


The eponymous designer has donated $1.4 million to hospitals and health organizations in Italy.


Donatella and Allegra Versace have pledged €200,000 to the ICU at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan.

Karla Colletto Swimwear

The brand has converted its factory in Virginia to produce protective equipment that it will distribute to medical professionals.

Full Article from Harper’s Bazaar:

LifeStyle in Frankfurt – Experience Art And Culture From The Sofa in Quarantine


In the era of the corona pandemic, public life still stands. Museums, drama, opera – all social rights are closed. But you don’t have to do without it beforehand!

This page bundles the digital cultural offerings of Frankfurt – from living room concerts and greetings from the independent scene to museum offers – and brings the art and culture from museums and theaters, music, literature and visual arts and podcasts directly onto the sofa.

Many facilities in Frankfurt have expanded their digital offering in order to continue to provide people with art and culture. 

From now on, all offers are collected on the Internet platform “Culture on the sofa” of the Kulturamt. The corona virus has almost brought public life to a standstill in Frankfurt, and all cultural institutions are closed until April 20. In order to continue to ensure diversity in art and culture, many theaters, museums and organizers have expanded their digital offering. To this end, the cultural department and the cultural office have launched the “Culture on the Sofa” platform , from which all offers and promotions can now be viewed in one place.


“In times of Corona, we notice how much we lack culture,” said Culture Director Ina Hartwig (SPD). “The analog shared experience of a museum or concert visit has broken away from one day to the next and we are forced to spend a lot of time at home.” Through their offers, the creative artists continued to enable social encounters in the digital space. This is important, “because the culture must remain visible, especially at this time,” emphasizes the head of culture.

In addition to living room concerts, theatrical performances or virtual art exhibitions, the page currently also includes greetings from Frankfurt artists. The overview should be updated continuously, additional suggestions can be sent by email to social.kulturdez@stadt-frankfurt.de.

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Asian in Covid-19 – John Cho Points Out Racism Around Coronavirus


Because of the Corona incident, news of the racial discrimination against Asians in Europe and the United States is tedious. As it turned out that people infected with the Coronavirus began to increase in Wuhan, China, some people resent Asians, not just Chinese, but also Koreans and Japanese.

On the 13th, a woman was assaulted by a black woman in Manhattan, New York, for not wearing a mask. On the other hand, in Europe, such as Italy and France, Koreans also said, “Wear a mask! Others made racist statements such as “Go back to your country!”

Although it is something that some unconscious people are doing, it is difficult for Koreans who are staying abroad to hide their uneasy minds. In this situation, actor John Jo, who is active in Hollywood, is making a controversial statement about racism.

John Jo is a Korean-American actor who immigrated to the United States at the age of six. “On the 23rd, on his Twitter account,“ Americans who complain about viruses will die. You idiots! ” ‘Ching Cang Chong’ is a term that degrades Asians.

John Joe also shared the column of an Asian American Frankchon.


In this article, “Hospital patients are refusing to see my mother in the hospital, and Asian children are being bullied in school. It is exhausting just to talk about racial discrimination against Asians. ”

Earlier, Korean-American actor Daniel Dae-Kim also announced on the 16th that Coronavirus was confirmed, and said, “The most important thing is to stop prejudice against Asians and meaningless violence.”

US President Donald Trump called Corona the “Chinese virus,” and raised controversy over racial discrimination. President Trump said, “The spread of the Corona 19 virus is not the fault of Asian Americans. They are working closely with us to fight the virus, ”he said.“ Because they came from China. It wasn’t racial discrimination or anything like that. ”

When the world is hard with Corona, you may need resentment, but you should never be racist.


Working in Germany – The Number of Fixed Term Contracts Has Risen Sharply + Why Is That?

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1.8 million people work in Germany with an unfairly limited contract. The number has more than tripled since 2001.

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More and more people in Germany work with a contract that is for a non-substantive period. This is shown by an evaluation of the Economic and Social Sciences Institute (WSI) of the Hans Böckler Foundation. Accordingly, the number of such jobs rose by more than 200,000 from 2017 to 2018 alone.

Between 2001 and 2018, the number more than tripled – from 550,000 to 1.8 million people, it is said. In the same period, the proportion of these jobs in all employment relationships rose from 1.7 to 4.8 percent. According to the evaluation, a total of 3.2 million jobs were limited in Germany in 2018, almost twice as many as in 2001.


For the report, data from the company panel of the Institute for Labor Market and Vocational Research and figures from the Federal Employment Agency were evaluated.

“Temporary employment is a problem for the mostly young people affected, because they are often associated with income poverty, restrictions on social participation and starting a family,” said the WSI researchers.

Especially in times of the coronavirus pandemic, it will be particularly difficult for workers with fixed-term contracts: “Since we are likely to have problems in the labor market in the coming time, temporary workers will be particularly hard hit,” said a WSI data manager With. They would be the first to be fired in times of crisis.

Full Article from Zeit.de:

Coronavirus in Germany – How is it going on with Frankfurt Airport? + Latest News

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A Lufthansa plane takes off from Frankfurt Airport: Stranded holidaymakers are to be brought here from abroad Boris Roessler / dpa

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is well prepared to deal with the outbreak of infectious diseases—fulfilling all recommendations of the health authorities responsible for FRA (the Frankfurt Health Department and the Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs). Currently, the authorities have not ordered health screening of passengers to be conducted at FRA. In cooperation with the relevant health authorities, we are providing targeted information for travelers via monitors in the terminals.

Passengers departing from FRA are strongly advised to contact their airline for information on the specific regulations regarding their flight and destination, before traveling to the airport.

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Germany has introduced travel restrictions for entries from outside the Schengen area on March 17, 2020. All corresponding entries from non-EU-citizens and citizens of non-Schengen states by plane or ship will be affected. Entry will be possible for German citizens.

Also EU-citzens and citizens of Great Britain, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and their family members will be allowed to transit through Germany to reach their home countries. The same will apply for foreigners holding a residence permit in one of these countries. Other people may be rejected entry, if they cannot provide proof of urgent reasons for their entry.

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Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer has decided to temporarily reintroduce checks at the internal borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark as an additional measure to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.The checks will come into force on Monday, 16 March 2020 at 08:00. The cross-border flow of goods will continue to be permitted. Cross-border commuters will also continue to be allowed to enter and leave the country. People travelling for other reasons should expect restrictions on travel both into and out of Germany. Travellers with symptoms that may indicate a coronavirus infection will not be permitted to enter/leave Germany, in coordination with the authorities in the relevant neighbouring country. The Federal Ministry of the Interior is urging citizens to postpone all non-essential travel. Commuters are asked to provide proof that they need to cross the border for their work. The Federal Police has been asked to oversee the border checks.

(Source: Federal Foreign Office, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community)


Shopping and dining opportunities reduced

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We apologize for the fact that we are currently unable to ensure the usual shopping and dining opportunities at Frankfurt Airport. The decisions made by the German federal and Hessian governments to combat the COVID-19 epidemic have required us to close most of the shops and reduce the hours of restaurants inside the terminals. However, food and beverages will be available enough of the time to meet basic needs. We are endeavoring to maintain at least this basic level of service. In the transit areas, their availability will be continually adjusted in response to the departures and arrivals that are still taking place.

Reduced Delivery Options of our online shop FRA-shopping.com

Until further notice it is no longer possible for you to reserve products. In addition, our delivery service is currently only available within Germand and for flights to other EU countries. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. You can continue to browse our product selection, however, and after logging in you can also place articles in your shopping basket. 

Pharmacies Still Open

The Metropolitan Pharmacy has outlets at these locations:

  • Terminal 1, Shopping Boulevard, Level 2, open daily between 6:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Terminal 1, Pier Z, Level 4, open daily between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Terminal 2, Shopping Plaza, Level 3, open daily between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • The Squaire, Marketplace, open daily between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The Metropolitan Pharmacy also has an ordering service. You can submit orders by sending an Email to or using the free CallmyApo app for Android and iOS. The items can then be picked up at a selected location or delivered to your home anywhere in Europe without any restrictions.

You must show or send the original prescriptions before the medications can be sent or issued to you.

The MetCard entitles you to a 12% discount from the Metropolitan Pharmacy on all nonprescription drugs, cosmetics, body care and wellness products, and travel specials. This customer card is valid at all outlets and online.

Information of Flights of the Lufthansa Group

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The Lufthansa Group continues to suspend flights to mainland China until 24 April 2020. This concerns flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenyang and Qingdao. In addition, flights on short- and medium-haul routes may be reduced by up to 25 per cent in the coming weeks.

Despite the new travel guidelines ordered by the US administration on passengers from the European Union, Switzerland and other countries, Lufthansa Group Airlines will continue to offer flights to the USA from Germany. The Lufthansa Group will continue operating flights from Frankfurt to Chicago and Newark (New York) beyond 14 March, thus maintaining at least some air traffic connections to the USA from Europe. The airlines are currently working on an alternative flight schedule for the USA. Passengers will still be able to reach all destinations within the USA via the U.S. hubs and connecting flights served by partner airline, United Airlines.

The Lufthansa Group will continue to serve all destinations in Canada until further notice.

The impact on the Lufthansa Group flight programme due to the recently changed entry regulations for India is currently being evaluated.

Lufthansa passengers planning a trip over the next few weeks are advised to check the status of the respective flight before embarking on their journey. Guests who have provided Lufthansa with their contact details will be informed if their flight is cancelled.

You can find more information at Lufthansa.com

Measures taken on board of aircraft arriving from risk areas

Passengers arriving in Germany from China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy are required to complete so-called passenger locator forms (PLFs) before leaving the aircraft, providing information on the flight and on where they can be contacted for for the next 30 days after arrival. The PLFs are handed out by the crew during the flight. The passenger locator cards are stored at the Frankfurt Health Department and may be used for contacting the respective passengers, if required.

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Living in Germany – Recent Daily Life Update in Quarantine Corona Crisis


Hello people in the crisis, yes, I am also one of them stuck into the house feeling bored. These days are too boring to deal with.

We can’t go out freely to enjoy culture like concert, clubbing, drinking out, or even eating out, right? All the store is recommended to close at the best which made me sad. I had my birthday few days ago but could not do anything special on the day thanks to Coronavirus!

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I needed to do something to distract me from thinking negative.

So, I have found things to do instead, then you know what that is? It is buying stuffs online! haha yes it is nothing special but essential to be done in the crisis to get consumable goods at least.

First of all, I bought some toilet paper online through Amazon, gosh, there was nothing I could get from grocery stores! Crazy people all around the world.

Then I got a new laptop for me in reasonable price by otto. My old laptop has been used for 8-9 years by me and it is truly getting broken which I could recently feel about.

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(43,94 cm/17,3 inch, AMD Ryzen 3, 512 GB SSD)

I was surprised that delivery was so fast which cant expect in Germany. Also, in the pandemic situation, all the online orders should be delayed than expected. But this one wasn’t. Anyway, I am just glad!

I was hesitating between HP and this one, but HP took too long time for waiting to get it. So I finally chose ASUS and I loved the design and cheap price. I am writing this post with the new laptop, so fat so good!


To briefly let you know what I feel about the product, Processor of this laptop has AMD Ryzen 3 3200U which is not bad at all compared to its price around 400 EUR! Also, double sound stereo is quite good to hear music or movie which you might feel it has high quality of it.

I think I got such a good deal in otto. Yeaaaaah-!

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In the evening on the day, I took a bubble foot bath with my book. The Book is about investments and worldwide economy which I am recently getting interested in. It was the perfect day ever among these recent days.

But seriously, I hope this world health crisis and related quarantine situation would end up very soon. I do not want to see news everyday about more and more infected cases. I do wish to hear any better news about corona crisis in few days or weeks.

Stay strong, World! That is what we can do right now.

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Coronavirus Update – The Number of Infected Case in Germany Increasing Much Slowly / Der Spiegel

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The number of infections in Germany continues to increase, but not as quickly anymore – this is shown by the current information from the Robert Koch Institute. If the trend continues, this would confirm the effectiveness of the measures. (This message is no longer current, it is based on an incorrect number.)

The figures published by the Robert Koch Institute have now turned out to be incomplete, as the number of cases from several health offices over the weekend was not included in the statistics. A current article on the process can be found here.

In Germany, the rise in infections and deaths from the corona virus has slowed. The Robert Koch Institute reported 18,610 people infected on Sunday. In 1948 these were infections more than the day before.

On Saturday, however, the number of new cases increased by 2705 compared to the previous day. According to the institute, the number of deaths as a result of Covid-19 disease was 55 on Sunday. Here too there is an at least short-term positive trend: from Friday to Saturday, 15 people had succumbed to the disease, but only from Saturday to Sunday nine.


Already on late Saturday there had been reports that the number of infected had exceeded the 20,000 mark. These numbers were published by Johns Hopkins University. Their numbers and those that the Robert Koch Institute mentions in their reports have different origins.

Are the restrictions effective?

Johns Hopkins University in the United States does not have any official bodies to report every day. The researchers search for publicly available sources on the Internet and take the latest figures there. These are websites, but also Twitter accounts from authorities and organizations, or numbers that an Internet community of medical professionals in China determines, as well as reports from local media. That is why the Johns Hopkins numbers are usually a little ahead of the Robert Koch Institute numbers. The Robert Koch Institute reported the numbers of the various health departments.

Regardless of the absolute amount of the numbers and their difference, the development seems positive: if the number of infections continues to decrease over the next few days, this would be an important signal. It would show that the sometimes drastic restrictions on public life in Germany are having an effect.

Full Article from Der Spiegel:

Daily Inspiration – How To Grow Professionally While in Quarantine / I Am Expat

How to grow professionally while in quarantine

With the whole world “on hold”, now is a good opportunity to prepare for what lies after the quarantine, when the boundaries will reopen and face-to-face meetings are, once again, allowed and welcome. Think of this current “free time” as a gift, a moment for ourselves that we’re hard-pressed to find in our regular lives. 

So how can we make most of this time spent locked up in our homes, with seemingly nothing to do? Below are 10 tips on what you can do to grow professionally, while in quarantine.


1. Make your “unique value proposition” clear

First things first, work out what it is you have to offer. When looking for a job, it is essential to be aware of why a company should hire you. Remember that no one hires just “nice guys”, but rather, professionals who help solve particular problems.

It is therefore crucial to find those strengths of yours, which will be of interest to your potential employer: what sets you apart from the rest (your “unique value proposition”), and what you want to “sell”.  Just saying you have “10 years of experience in the field” doesn’t answer the question of why a company should hire you.

2. Update your master CV and cover letter

There is no universally-perfect CV, as it is something that has to be adapted and optimised for each position. However, it is always good to have a “master CV”, that demonstrates your highest skills and qualifications. This will save you a lot of time when applying to multiple jobs, as you can “cherry-pick” the sections that are relevant to each specific position.

When updating your resume, it is important to think not only of the duties you performed at work, but also of what potential employers might expect from you. Pro tip: check out the job adverts you are interested in as a base to work from.

3. Map the companies you may be interested in later

The most common strategy when looking for a job is to send out hundreds of standard CVs and to wait for someone to answer. However, despite its popularity, this is one of the least efficient strategies you can use. Before sending out your CV, you should make sure you’re aware of what kind of industries and companies you’re targeting and your reasons for doing so.

This will allow you to optimise your CV and cover letter for a particular role, and also prepare better for an interview. The more you know about the market you are going to work in, the higher your chances of getting the job. 


4. Optimise your LinkedIn and Xing profiles.

If you are not on one of these business networks, you are invisible to the market. If you want to ensure that, while you’re looking for a job, the job is also looking for you, make your profiles outstanding, leveraging your value to your potential employer.

5. Get some recommendations

Now is a good time to ask for recommendations on professional social media (you could offer to write some yourself in return). When a recruiter sees a recommendation (especially online), they have more trust in your qualifications, as it is very difficult to make a proper judgment based only on a candidate’s profile.

Therefore, you can make their job easier and give yourself an advantage by getting yourself some recommendations on professional social media, and even writing some yourself. It is essential to be proactive in online networking.

6. Prepare and rehearse your elevator pitch

The most common question you will be asked during any interview is “can you tell me a bit about yourself?” Begin this answer with a country of origin, number of children or number of years of experience, and you waste an opportunity to demonstrate your value.


Instead, think of your “unique value proposition” (as discussed above) and practice explaining it in one to two minutes, bearing in mind your employer’s priorities.

7. Prepare for standard interview questions

If you haven’t prepared them in advance, it is difficult to provide real-life examples when answering behavioural questions during interviews. In order to rock the interview, it is crucial to demonstrate your experience by providing “stories” from the past. For this, you can use the STAR and CARL techniques of answering interview questions.

8. Sign up for an online course

Invest in your future by learning new things. Try Lynda, Coursera and edX to find courses on topics that make a difference in your field. This is especially important if you want to start working in a new field or industry.


9. Build your development strategy

If you’re not sure about what you want to do in five years, or you’re hesitant about your job search strategy and tactics, a career consultant can help by answering your questions and providing you with the best practices and tools to achieve your goals faster. Sometimes having honest feedback on your application or career aspirations is all you need to improve your search.

10. Start a professional blog

While facing huge competition in the market, one way to demonstrate your skills is by maintaining a blog. This shows your expertise on the topic, the way you think, and the way your articulate your ideas. The professional blog is one of the most efficient ways to establish your personal professional brand, which will ultimately boost your career in the future.

Full Article from I Am Expat:
By Evgeniya Akulova

Coronavirus in Germany – Warm Helping Communities In Pandemic Crisis / Stay Strong People!

How to help others in Germany during the coronavirus pandemic

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Across Germany, grassroots movements are springing up to help people during this tough time. Here are some of them, as well as some helpful resources.

Who might need help?

Germany has urged people to avoid social contact as much as possible and new, wide-ranging measures, such as church services being banned and non-essential shops closing, mean that life has changed drastically.

There are a few groups of people who are especially affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

People who are in the groups shown to be at highest risk from COVID-19 – the elderly and those with certain pre-existing conditions – may also be choosing to stay at home in a bid to limit social contact, and this could last a while.

Lots of people are helping out their families and neighbours by offering to pick up groceries.

It’s also possible to order items online, but for many shops delivery times are currently longer than normal due to high demand.

In Germany you can also pick up prescription medicines for someone else if you have the prescription (das Rezept) from the doctor.


People who have the virus (or flu/cold like symptoms) have been told to stay at home and self-isolate (if they do not require hospital care). Others returning from high-risk countries have also been urged to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving back in Germany.

That means they may need help having groceries, medicines, or other essentials delivered during this time.

And small businesses are especially vulnerable to the negative economic impacts of the outbreak, while many workers in the hard-hit tourism industry have been laid off.

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Neighbourhood and community support

We searched for groups and reached out on social media asking people to flag up any projects they’d come across in their area.

Look out for the hashtags #Coronahilfe, #Nachbarschaftshilfe and #Nachbarschaftschallenge (neighbourhood help/neighbourhood challenge) for other local initiatives.

One thing to keep in mind: if you need help or you are interested in volunteering and go through groups, please use caution. While the majority of offers of help are likely to be genuine, it’s possible that scammers will exploit the opportunity. When looking on social media, try to check that the person’s profile is genuine and get some information about them before sending them a payment, for example.


You can find some recommended local groups from readers in this Facebook post.

It may also be worth finding some other community-based Facebook groups as the situation means we are all spending a lot more time indoors and maybe more time alone than usual.

There are groups for people in different cities, or with specific interests, where you could offer to help or simply find people to chat to.

Here’s some initiatives that may be useful:

Solidarische Nachbarschaftshilfe provides a comprehensive list of self-organised neighbourhood structures across the country which are providing aid during the corona crisis, especially in supporting individuals who belong to risk groups.

Inspired by ‘Das Corona Update’ podcast (see below), Against the Virus has been launched under the banner that we all must help each other so that we can get through the coronavirus in the best possible way. The group says that, in order to help the most needy, the gap between digital and analogue must be bridged, and this is exactly what they are trying to do.Offering a number of different services, the establishment has generated an online form which people can fill in and adapt so that they can offer help to others. Another website launched with the goal of connecting the helpful and those in need in Berlin is CoronaPort. Developed by teenager Noah Adler, the website allows you to leave information such as where you live and either what you need or what you can do.


People who cannot rely on family or friends, especially those who belong to risk groups, rely on outside help. The page facilitates “extended neighbourhood assistance” in Berlin.

Co-Tasker – a Berlin-based startup founded last month – have altered the services that they are providing through their platforms in order to help those who are most at risk in the capital. There is a free app, available to downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

The initial notion that the company was built upon was the idea that users were able to post tasks that they need help with and other users can apply for these tasks, using their specific skills and earning money in return.

Individuals who are at risk during the crisis can include #atrisk in their task description and after their task is done the organisation will refund the service fees.

Queer Relief Covid-19 is a Berlin-based group coordinating those who want to offer help and those who are immunocompromised, chronically ill, asthmatic or elderly. The queer community effort offers priority to people belonging to marginalised groups. You can fill in the form to help here.

People across social media have also been flagging up various ways of supporting your community. Look out for other posts on the hashtags we mentioned above (there may be some others, too).

Some helpful resources

Corona Aktivisten Düsseldorf is a newly founded organisation with the goal of providing help and support during the coronavirus crisis through online media platforms.

The group is producing various courses and sessions which are then shown through Instagram Live. A representative informed us, however, that they are flexible to changing their platform depending on user demand.

Initially, the organisation provided yoga and meditation videos yet over time they are expanding to focus on lots of other topics. They have featured videos with specialists.

In addition, they have recently started broadcasting videos on topics such as advice on working from home, cooking tips and crafting for children.

Corona Aktivisten Düsseldorf have also been taking their work away from the digital spheres and working on neighbourhood support initiatives. 

The organisation told us that they took the plunge in a bid to offer help.


“We just want people to stand together and help each other,” they told us.

Das Corona Update is a podcast by NDR with Prof Dr Christian Drosten, the head of virology at the Berlin Charité. They have already produced 14 episodes focusing on various aspects around the coronavirus that people need to know. 

The aim of the podcast is to inform as many people as possible, as well as possible – without spreading unnecessary panic. It’s in German so could help you brush up on your language skills, too.

The podcast asks questions such as: “What is the current research track? What new insights are there about infection and the course of the disease? Is the excitement for the new virus appropriate? And: How are the researchers doing these days personally?”

What else can you do?

Think about supporting small businesses and artists with donations or by purchasing items or services online.

Restaurants have to close at 6pm at the moment, but in many states they are allowed to provide delivery and food-to-go so you could support them.

And remember to limit your social contact. Activist Raul Krauthausen recently posted on Instagram stories of younger people who are also in risk groups who can be seriously affected by coronavirus.

It’s a time to think of others and listen to those most affected, as well as follow government advice.

The German government is urging people to avoid social contact as much as possible and asking for residents to have solidarity with risk groups and health workers on the frontline. The government is now making regular updates about the coronavirus in Germany in six languages.

Full Article from The Local:
By Laura McDermott
With reporting by Rachel Loxton

Life in Germany – Coronavirus – To People Doing Panic Buying from Anywhere, Please Stop!

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Hello guys. Recently, I have been having hard time to get what I need from all the store. Have you heard of panic buying?

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People are getting crazy with doing massive consuming because they got scared of Coronavirus Pandemic Crisis. Even though German Government announced that we do not have any problem on supply line in grocery or drug store for consumable goods, it does seem citizen in Germany are not actually listening.

Picture that I took from dm drugstore in the area I live in. (Frankfurt, Germany)

Look at the picture that I took by myself in dm which is one of drug stores in Germany! Totally empty. I just wanted to get one women’s hygienic products and room diffuser aroma oil. But you know what, everything related to cleaning and hygienic area is gone a while ago, followed by clerks working in there.

What is more, I felt truly bad when I was shocked standing in front of the stall. There was an old man next to me murmuring and shaking his body. He must be so weak and need to get helped in somehow. It seemed that he was on a rush trying to get alternatives products instead, as what he needed to get was already empty. This is such a tragedy, I mean it.

I do not know who keeps doing this shit (I have no one doing such things around me.) I couldn’t help myself but think about it the whole night with depressed feeling.

So whoever those people are, this is not a joke. Please stop harming others with what you are doing unnecessarily. Think about society in terms of togetherness, if you realize you are not living the world alone.

You know that we have to get it through with the effort from everyone!

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Beauty Fitness – Health – 6 Essential Home Training To Do At Home


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Hello people, this time I would like to share you what kind of home training you can do for the best without going to fitness center or gym.

Nowadayas, we all know that world is getting into pandemic crisis which is about Coronavirus. Due to the virus and extremely fast speed of spreading, every country and state in the world are trying to announce of ‘Lockdown’.

Most of fitness centers that we usually go to for our health is shutting down for some period. Yet, we have to stay strong keeping our health right.

Let’s do at least few things you can simply do at home to prevent ourselves from getting fat and unhealthy! You have to be beautiful from inside out as always.


1. V Sit Ups

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  • An intermediary strength move that works on your entire core.
  • It builds core strength by working multiple areas of the core at the same time, while also challenging your balance.
  • If you are a beginner, you can bend your knees to make it easier.
  • Keep it for 30-60 sec or 10 sec x 3 sets.

2. Plank Leg Raises

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  • Put your knees narrower than width of your groin.
  • Make sure of pinning your body except for legs, so your pose is stable when doing workout.
  • When you put your leg down during the workout, pull it up until it hits a point then slowly puts it down. (and keep going)
  • Do not put all the weight onto your shoulder while doing it.
  • Do not bend or twist your waist while doing it.

3. Glute Bridge

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  • You feet must be pinned onto yoga matt or floor while doing it.
  • Do not maintain your pose not with neck but with shoulder/back bones.
  • Squeeze your butt as hard as you can when you are going up!
  • Hold 3 sec on up-pose, then slowly come down. Keep doing it for 1 min at least.

4. Plank

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  • Strongly recommendable home training ever.
  • Make sure that your waist must be up to hold in horizontal shape.
  • Hold the pose for 30-60 sec at least, if you can do it longer, try it depending on your body status.

5. Side Leg Lift

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  • Lie down on a side, make legs straight and do not bend legs when pulling them up.
  • Inhale when legs are up, and exhale when legs are slowly down.
  • You have to feel a stimulation on your groin part, because that means you are doing the workout right.
  • Keep doing it 30-60 sec, if possible, do it for 3 sets.
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*Advanced version of Side Leg Lift

6. Happy Baby Pose

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  • It is a gentle stretch for the hamstrings, inner thigh, and inner groin, a relaxation exercise for the back, and it also opens up the hips, shoulders, and chest. 
  • Pull your knee toward your armpit side as much as you can.
  • Keep the pose for around 3 minutes then slowly purt your legs down.
  • Try gentle and slow if you have stiff groin.

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Coronavirus In Germany – What Kind Of Scams and Crimes Coming Up In The Pandemic Crisis?

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Criminals are currently coming up with new ways to steal from people in the Corona crisis. On the phone, fraudsters pretend to be relatives who are sick.

For more than 20 years, the so-called grandson trick has been one of the most successful scams – in the age of the corona virus, criminals are now using it in a new form. This was announced by the State Criminal Police Office of Baden-Württemberg (LKA).

Grandchildren’s tricks usually work in such a way that criminals search for and call old-fashioned first names in the phone book. They try to engage their mostly elderly victims in a conversation. They pretend to be relatives, acquaintances or police officers and demand money that the victim should hand over to a middleman or put in a supposedly safe place.

The State Criminal Police Office is now reporting a new trick in connection with the corona virus: criminals act as if they are relatives infected with the corona virus and need financial support for the treatment. They would ask their victims for money and other valuables that an alleged friend would pick up for them.


The LKA advises that “Never give money or valuables to unknown people,” said LKA President Ralf Michelfelder. Also, details about family or financial circumstances should not be spoken to unknown callers. If you suspect fraud, you should contact the police under 110.

In order to track down possible fraudsters on the phone, the LKA advises:

  • to ask the supposed relatives for his name. You shouldn’t get involved in guessing games
  • to call back on the phone number that you have from your relative,
  • asking about things or experiences that only the relative knows.

The Berlin police also know of such cases and have already warned of the scam on Twitter. She asked that family members be made aware of this. On the phone, you should be suspicious if the caller doesn’t give his name or if you don’t immediately recognize the alleged relative.

You shouldn’t let yourself be put under pressure and tell other close relatives if someone calls for money or other valuables on the phone.

Women ring the doorbell – the resident is said to be infected.
In addition to the grandchildren trick, fraudsters use other meshes in the corona crisis: According to a police report, two young women in Düren in North Rhine-Westphalia tried to use a trick to gain access to an apartment. So they rang the doorbell of an apartment building, and the 68-year-old resident opened the door.

The women “claimed to know that the resident had been infected with the corona virus,” the police wrote. You would have given to come to the apartment for “further examinations”. However, the resident did not respond and instead called the police, the women escaped.


Essen: Alleged breathing mask sale
In Essen, an 85-year-old police received a call from a man who claimed to be a health official and wanted to sell her respirators. The woman did not fall for it and ended the call.

The Essen police also warned against letting strangers into the apartment who pretend to disinfect them. Caution should also be exercised with strangers who offer help with shopping.

Online criminals are also trying to profit from the crisis: the LKA Baden-Württemberg warns against so-called fake shops on online platforms. These would often pretend to sell respirators or disinfectants, but would not deliver them after receiving the money.

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Corona Crisis Relief – Germany Plans 40 Billion Euro in Aid for Freelancers and Small Companies


Freelancers and small companies are getting hit especially hard by the corona crisis. DER SPIEGEL has learned that the federal government is planning a massive financial aid package. It would mark the end of Germany’s balanced budget policy.

The self-employed and Germany's smallest companies are suffering badly in the corona crisis.
The self-employed and Germany’s smallest companies are suffering badly in the corona crisis. Christoph Soeder/ dpa

The German federal government is planning a massive bailout program for individual freelancers and small companies with up to 10 employees in Germany that have been hard-hit by the coronavirus crisis, DER SPIEGEL has learned. The government wants to provide a total of 40 billion euros. Ten billion would be given as direct grants to ailing one-person operations and small businesses. The remaining 30 billion would be given in the form of loans. The amount and composition of the aid could still change in the course of the day.

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz wants to organize a special government fund that the self-employed can turn to for loans.

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Plans for the “solidarity fund” are currently being worked out by experts at the Finance and Economic Ministries.

Because the fund is backed with the federal government’s solid creditworthiness, it can borrow money at low interest rates and also pass those savings on to freelancers and businesses hit by the crisis. The program would also mark the point at which Germany departs from its policy of annual balanced federal budgets. After years of budget surpluses, the German government no longer has authorization to borrow for the federal budget, so a special supplementary budget would be required. The aim of the program is to distribute money fast and with as little red tape as possible.The government wants to provide 10 billion euros in direct grants and an addition 30 billion in the form of loans.


The government also plans to check afterward whether beneficiaries actually needed the aid. In the case of direct grants, that money could be converted into a loan if the freelancer or company is deemed not to have needed the aid. This would allow the government to ensure that any money that has been distributed without justification is paid back.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s special corona crisis cabinet is expected to discuss the measures on Thursday afternoon. The programs are needed because freelancers and the smallest businesses are unlikely to be able to tap the financial aid presented last week by Finance Minister Scholz and Economics Minister Peter Altmaier. Germany is home to up to 5 million freelancers. Many have lost all of their work in recent weeks due to the coronavirus. Freelancers working in performance and the arts have been especially hard-hit.

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Coronavirus: Is Germany heading towards A Full Lockdown? / The Local

Coronavirus: Is Germany heading towards a full lockdown?

Cafes are still open, like this one in Berlin. Photo: DPA

The German government wants to avoid imposing a forced curfew in the fight against coronavirus. But is urging people to cut down on social contact enough?

On Wednesday morning, the Robert Koch Institute for public health said up to 10 million people in Germany could contract coronavirus in the coming months if social contact was not reduced. 

“If we don’t manage to sustainably and effectively reduce contact between people over a matter of weeks, then it is possible we will have up to 10 million cases within two to three months,” said RKI president Lothar Wieler.

It came as Chancellor Angela Merkel prepared to address the nation in a televised speech for the first time ever, urging people to follow government measures introduced this week designed to limit social contact among the population.

Although some places are undoubtedly quieter,  the hustle and bustle continues in many streets, parks and cafes across the country. And it begs the question: is Germany doing enough by trying to reason with people to encourage social distancing?

Or will the government look at more extreme measures such as forced quarantine or curfew (Ausgangssperre) currently being used in nearby countries Italy, France and Spain?

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What exactly is Germany doing?

In order to stem the spread of the coronavirus, public life in Germany is largely at a standstill. The country has introduced strict border controls with five countries and the EU has closed its borders to foreigners. 

On Monday the federal government agreed with the 16 states a set of widespread measures. Although there are some small differences between states, the restrictions include a ban on religious services, while non-essential shops have to close.

Supermarkets, banks and pharmacies are among the shops allowed to stay open, while bars, clubs, swimming pools and cinemas have been told to close. Restaurants have to close by 6pm.

Schools and daycare centres also closed while events have been banned.

READ ALSO: Coronavirus restrictions: What’s closed (and what’s open) in Germany?


The government has repeatedly urged people to socially distance themselves from each other, stay at home as much as possible and not go on holiday.

There have even been calls from politicians and the RKI urging residents not to hold “corona parties” – gatherings held in homes or outside between lots of people because bars and other public places are currently shut.

Empty seating in Mannheim this week. Photo: DPA

Is Germany’s strategy working?

It’s still too early to tell.

The RKI said it now plans to use anonymised mobile phone data provided by Deutsche Telekom to check whether the public is keeping to the new measures. This will help experts analyse infection rates.

“The data will show us if the mobility of the population as a whole has gone down,” said Wieler. “That’s important…because we need to know why infection rates have increased or decreased.”

What we do know is the numbers show a deteriorating picture. As of Wednesday afternoon there were more than 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany, according to data from Johns Hopkins University and the RKI.


That’s an increase of more than 2,700 in just over a day. On Tuesday morning there were about 7,272 confirmed cases and under 17 reported deaths.

As of Wednesday a total of 26 people had died and 76 people are reported to have fully recovered.

READ ALSO: ‘Up to 10 million’ in Germany could contract coronavirus in coming months

The government has also urged states to prepare an emergency plan for dealing with coronavirus patients, saying hotels and corridors could be cleared and used for treatment. 

What are other European countries doing?

In Belgium a strict curfew came into force at 12 noon on Wednesday which means until April 5th, residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons, such as food shopping, health-related errands or assisting someone in need.

Spain, Italy, Denmark and France have also declared similar lockdowns, which means citizens are only able to leave their house or apartment in special circumstances, such as for work, for food shopping, to visit a doctor or for other urgent matters.

Does Germany need to turn to more extreme measures?

Politicians have repeatedly said these kinds of restrictions, which rely on coercive measures and control rather than people taking personal responsibility, are a last resort.

North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) premier Armin Laschet called on people to follow the current guidelines so that an enforced quarantine could be avoided.  


“A curfew is avoidable if we stay home,” he said on Wednesday, adding that a lockdown was not out of the question.

NRW is the worst-hit German state, with almost 4,000 of the total German cases.

There have been suggestions curfews would come into force across the country at different times depending on how badly the state is affected.

Experts are also divided.

The virologist Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit said the government needed to examine its own situation rather than look to other countries.

“We must take the appropriate measures for Germany,” said Schmidt-Chanasit. “The health system, the structures, the cultural backgrounds are different.”

In contrast, Lars Schaade, Vice President of the RKI, said “anything that puts distance between people is good.”

Chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, said he wasn’t in favour of forced curfews.

“Anyone who imposes such a ban has to also explain when and how they will lift it,” said Montgomery.

Montgomery argued in the Rheinische Post newspaper that Italy’s lockdown had not achieved the desired effect of slowing down the virus spread. 

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The Social Democrat’s Katarina Barley said curfews should be a last resort.

Barley told the radio station Bayern2 that the most important thing was to avoid social contact.


“If people stick to that, we don’t need curfews. However, if it continues in this way, that there are some who behave irresponsibly at the expense of those who are particularly vulnerable, the elderly, the chronically ill, then we will not get around it in Germany either,” said the Vice-President of the EU Parliament.

The conservative Christian Democrat’s interior policy expert Armin Schuster said he expected lockdown measures to be introduced in Germany, but at different times depending on the state.

He welcomed the that Bavaria had declared a ‘disaster’ situation, which allows the state’s authorities to push through new restrictions faster, including possibly asking the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) for assistance.

“In critical situations it is better to step on the brakes fully,” Shuster said.

How can Germany enforce a curfew?

According to Business Insider, the government is examining the legal basis for a possible curfew, which would force Germany’s some 80 million residents to stay inside.

However, the implementation of curfews is the responsibility of the individual states and that means local governments would have to prepare.

From a legal point of view, a general curfew is likely to be a sensitive issue.

“The big question is whether the legal situation is sufficient to impose a blanket curfew on the entire population or whether the Bundestag will have to ‘amend’ it,” Dr. Ulrich Karpenstein of the Redeker Law Firm told Business Insider.

According to a government spokesman, Merkel will not announce new measures in her television address on Wednesday night. She instead wants to appeal to the public to adhere to the restrictions already in place.

But the situation is changing rapidly and if calls for social distancing don’t work, it looks like forcing people to stay at home may come down the line.

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Fashion Business News – Urban Outfitters And Others Closing Stores Globally because of Coronavirus

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Urban Outfitters is closing all of its stores globally because of the coronavirus, the company announced Saturday.

Stores in the company’s portfolio include Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and Nuuly brands. Stores “will not reopen until at least March 28,” the company said in a news release. The company has about 600 stores. 

“The global spread of COVID-19 is affecting every one of us,” the company said in its statement. “The safety and health of our communities, including our loyal customers and dedicated associates, is always of the utmost importance to us.”

Store employees will continue to be paid and the company’s e-commerce and subscription business will continue to operate. Corporate employees will work remotely.

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“Because the situation is complex and evolving rapidly, our plans may change,” the release said.

As of January 31, 2020, the company operated 248 Urban Outfitters, 231 Anthropologie Group, and 144 Free People stores in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and 11 restaurants.

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What’s more, Other additional Retailers that have announced store closures so far?


  • All stores closed as of March 12, for at least the next two weeks.
  • Hourly employees will continue to receive their regular pay for the two week scheduled closure.
  • The company has also delayed the opening of its new Arizona store, which was scheduled for this upcoming Wednesday.


  • All stores closed as of March 13. The company said it will reassess the situation and post an update on March 27.
  • Hourly employees will continue to receive their regular pay.

Neighborhood Goods

  • All stores closed as of March 13, through at least March 27.
  • Hourly employees will continue to receive their regular pay.

Urban Outfitters

  • All stores globally closed as of March 14, through at least March 28.
  • Hourly employees will continue to receive their regular pay.
  • Includes the company’s other brands: Anthropologie, BHLDN, Free People, Terrain and Nuuly.


  • All stores outside of the Greater China region closed as of March 14, through March 27.
  • Hourly employees will continue to receive their regular pay.
  • Stores in Greater China have reopened.


  • All stores in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand will be closed March 16 through March 27.
  • Stores in South Korea, Japan, most of China and many other countries remain open.
  • Hourly employees affected by store closures will continue to receive their regular pay.

Abercrombie & Fitch

  • All stores outside of the Asia Pacific region will be closed through March 28. Store closures in North America will begin March 15. Store closures in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will begin March 16.
  • Includes the company’s other brand Hollister Co.
  • Hourly employees will continue to receive their regular pay.
  • The company also withdrew its first quarter and full year 2020 guidance on Sunday due to the uncertainty caused by coronavirus.

Lush Cosmetics

  • All 258 retail stores across the United States and Canada will be closed from March 16 through March 29. Corporate employees at Lush’s headquarters in North America are also being asked to work from home if their jobs allow through the end of the month.
  • Hourly employees will continue to receive their regular pay.
  • The company said it will also be forced to “significantly scale down our manufacturing and distribution operations” for the duration of the store closures.

What will the closures mean?

Retailers’ sales are likely to take a hit from the closures.

Nike, for example, has more than 1,100 branded stores globally and nearly all of the company’s growth last year came from direct to consumer sales at its Nike retail stores, factory outlets and Nike.com, according to NPD analyst Matt Powell.

Powell said that while “some of the closed store sales could be realized in Nike’s wholesale partners and on Nike.com,” Nike will likely “see a negative sales impact from these closures.”But while retailers may suffer financially in the short term, the closures are a smart long term business decision, said Susquehanna International Group senior analyst Sam Poser.”It’s an unfortunate but very necessary decision,” Poser said.

“How important are a few days of business versus the health of your people, the health of your employees and customers, and your brand reputation? … You want to be around and strong, with your people and your customers, when the dust settles.”


The situation is similar for Apple, which had already been feeling the negative impact of stores in China that closed last month and only just reopened, as well as supply chain issues caused by the outbreak in China.”At this point, the March quarter is going to be an iPhone (sales) number that’s as doomsday as you could imagine … At this point, investors have accepted that the March quarter is really a write off,” said Wedbush analyst Dan Ives.

However, Ives said, as a “global brand” and “business leader,” it is essential for Apple to prioritize the health of its employees and customers above short term profits. And the 5G iPhone on the horizon should help the company bounce back in the coming year.

Retailers with a smaller brick-and-mortar footprint, like Everlane, have also closed physical stores until late March. Here’s a roundup of some of the larger brands.

Full Article From CNN Business:

Life in Germany – Tragic Cancellation Of Frankfurt Luminale Light Festival/ Due to Dynamic Spreads of Coronavirus

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Well, I have expected this festival since few weeks ago, and I couldn’t wait to be there soon. But yes, as we all expected, all the festival and event for crowded people are being cancelled due to corona crisis. Germany is not exceptional, of course.

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Official notice at luminale website, what a tragedy.

This festival is held in indoor and outdoor, however, it decided to be cancelled, as it is anyway gathering people up into certain spots.

Detailed reason is as below..

  • Messe Frankfurt, in close cooperation with the Frankfurt Health Authority, has decided to cancel Luminale at short notice. It was to be held in Frankfurt and Offenbach from 12 to 15 March.
  • Due to the current requirements of the health authorities to prohibit major events with more than 1,000 participants, Messe Frankfurt, as organiser of Luminale, decided to cancel the Light Festival at short notice. The volatile situation and the dynamic spread of SARS-CoV-2, combined with the recommendation of the Robert Koch Institute to also take a critical view of events with well below 1,000 participants, led to this new assessment. Messe Frankfurt deeply regrets this short-term decision, but out of responsibility for the health of participants and visitors, no other decision was possible.

I am quite sad about it, but as all the German people say, yes it is better to be so. We have to put little bit of our effort to reduce infected cases of Coronavirus. People, Let’s overcome the crisis together.

Sad greeting from Germany!

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Coronavirus – Germany tests on Covid-19, How About Drive-Thru Test Like South Korea? / Der Spiegel

Covid-19: Roxana Sauer, die Ärztliche Leiterin des Medizinischen Versorgungszentrums an der Kreisklinik Groß-Gerau
Covid-19: Roxana Sauer, the medical director of the medical care center at the district clinic Groß-GerauAndreas Arnold / dpa

Why isn’t everyone with symptoms tested for coronavirus? Do general practitioners know what to do? There is currently a lot of criticism of the authorities’ actions. Everything important about the test procedure.

The number of confirmed infections with the new coronavirus is currently increasing in Germany: on March 2 there were still 150 cases, on March 5 (as of 8:00 a.m.) there were already 349.

But how many undiscovered diseases are there in this country? Not everyone who scratches their throat can currently be tested for an infection with Sars-CoV-2. That would not make sense either, because the likelihood that a common cold or the onset of flu causes the symptoms is much higher – and the tests are expensive and the possibilities are limited.

Nevertheless, many people with colds are wondering whether they shouldn’t be tested for the corona virus. And are unsettled if they are not tested, but still should make sure that they do not infect anyone. How does that fit together?


At the moment, the responsible authorities are primarily focusing on preventing the spread of the coronavirus or at least slowing it down significantly. Many experts are now assuming that it will not be possible to contain the virus completely. That means: Probably a lot of people will become infected. The decisive factor is the period in which this happens.

The faster an outbreak runs, the more stressed – possibly overloaded – it places on the health system. As long as as few people as possible get Covid-19 at the same time, medical practices can cope with this, clinics have enough capacity to treat the seriously ill. In addition, several hundred people are still infected with the flu every day in Germany. Another goal is therefore to delay a major corona epidemic until the flu epidemic has subsided.

That is why it is important to keep a close eye on who has been infected. This is the only way to quickly find contact persons for those infected and place them under domestic quarantine so that they do not pass the virus on if they are actually infected.


How many tests are performed – and who should be tested?

Germany’s laboratories have capacities for around 12,000 corona tests per day, the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) said on Tuesday. However, there are currently no reliable figures on how many tests have been carried out so far. According to the KBV, initial surveys – based on around 60 percent of the laboratories in the outpatient area – state that 10,700 people were tested in Germany last week alone. Around 130 cases were confirmed by the end of the week.

However, these figures are only really meaningful if the total number of tests carried out is known. This is important to see if the available resources, both material and personnel, are sufficient for a major outbreak. But also in order to gain better insights into the spread of Sars-CoV-2 through the ratio of positive to negative test results – those in which the virus was not detected.

According to the recommendation of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Sars-CoV-2 should be tested immediately:

  • who has cold symptoms and had contact with a confirmed Covid 19 case within the 14 days before the onset of the illness, or
  • who has cold complaints and has been in a risk area in the 14 days prior to the start of the complaints. Various provinces in China, Iran, Italy and South Korea are currently considered to be such. (A current list of risk areas can be found here.)

Apart from that, general practitioners can also order the test if someone has been in a region that is not officially considered a risk area, but in which the virus still spreads – for example in the district of Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia. Contact with a person who is likely to be infected but is still lacking evidence can also be a reason for a test. It is always a prerequisite that those affected also show cold symptoms.

The health insurance companies have been covering the cost of the test since the end of Februaryif the treating doctor has decided that it is necessary. “Comprehensive tests of the clinically healthy – in the blue, so to speak – are medical nonsense,” said the head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Andreas Gassen. “The resources should be used in cases where there is a medically suspected suspicion.”

Long odyssey instead of quick tests


In recent days, however, there have also been problems with the clarification of such suspected cases, as readers report to SPIEGEL. Some describe odyssey where they are referred to the general practitioner by the health department, from there to the clinic, from there to number 116117 and from there back to the health department, which again saw the family doctor as responsible.

The same thing happened to SPIEGEL reporter Juan Moreno, who traveled to Italy to research the corona virus, right up to the border of the area that was declared a quarantine zone southeast of Milan. Back in Berlin he developed a slight cough, his nose was already running a little during the trip. Nevertheless, he only managed to get tested after countless phone calls – because he had personal contact with a doctor (read the whole story here).

Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) admitted on Wednesday that the fight against the rapid spread of the virus is currently not running optimally. “It sometimes takes too long before suspicious cases are tested,” he said. The responsible actors are under great pressure.

How general practitioners should deal with suspected corona

A guideline that the German Society for General Medicine and Family Medicine (Degam) published for its members on Tuesday is also intended to resolve uncertainty. If a patient reports for a possible coronavirus infection, the doctors should first clarify whether there is a reasonable suspicion, i.e. whether the patient was in contact with a Covid 19 patient or was in a risk area.


In addition, doctors are advised to only take the necessary samples for a test if they have the necessary protective clothing in practice. This is a problem in many places, because most of the clothing made in China has become a scarce commodity. If there is no protective clothing in the practice, doctors can contact the health department. The office is also responsible when patients call from home – and it is accordingly possible to take the samples during a home visit.

All patients are asked not to simply go to a family doctor’s office if they suspect coronavirus, but to call first.

Because if a test in a practice is positive, the practice could be temporarily closed by the responsible health authority for reasons of disease protection. This in turn would have consequences for the medical care of the local people – and not only of possible coronavirus cases, but above all of people with other health problems.

How to expand the test system in Germany

Various federal states are currently preparing for a major outbreak. The Ministry of Health in Schleswig-Holstein announced on Thursday (05/Mar/2020) that the test options outside the doctor’s office should be expanded. There should be more home visits without restricting the work of resident doctors.

In addition, contact points are to be created outside the practices – probably in the form of tents or containers. There should be cutbacks for the tests without the patients having to enter the waiting room. The aim is to reduce the risk of closed medical practices and to use protective clothing more efficiently


There has also been an alternative test option in southern Hesse since the weekend: The district clinic in Groß-Gerau is cutting back on the car window – a kind of drive-in for corona tests. The procedure offers great advantages for the clinic: suspected cases remained “in their own quarantine station”, so to speak, Managing Director Erika Raab. The healthcare professional who takes the smears should wear protective clothing. Other hospital staff and patients would not come into contact with the patient.

South Korea, which currently has to deal with one of the largest outbreaks worldwide, could serve as a model for Germany.

In the country, several cities have set up so-called corona drive-ins, in which drivers can be tested free of charge without having to get out. You will receive the result via SMS two days later.

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Von Irene BerresKatherine Rydlink und Nina Weber