Local news translated, Sept. 18

Daily Host Nation Stories September 18, 2020

Long term damage from corona

The number of severe Covid-19 cases in Germany is decreasing. However, physicians warn that long-term damage can also be expected during convalescence. Studies on a close relative of the virus provide information about possible later consequences.

Nobody at the moment knows what long-term consequences Covid-19 will have. However, physician Andreas Stallmach estimates that more than half of those who had to be treated in a clinic for Covid-19 have consequential damage. Even people with only mild symptoms from the disease may suffer lasting effects, said Stallmach.

The pathogen attacks first and foremost the lungs, and leaves scars even after a patient has recovered. A study published in August examined Covid-19 patients who required hospital treatment. Of those, 70 percent still had shortness of breath one month after discharge, and 13.5 percent were still using oxygen at home. However, it is unclear how long these symptoms will last.

It is now clear that Covid-19 is not a pure respiratory disease. “The viruses can infect almost all organs, and so consequential damage can occur in almost all organs,” says physician Stallmach. A new study proves for the first time that the virus penetrates into the brain cells of some people. Possible consequences for the heart and circulation is for example, a deformation or hardening of the heart muscle, which impairs the pumping process. According to Chen, other patients have had pulmonary embolism, in which blood vessels in the lungs are usually blocked by blood clots. However, the pathogen can also infect the cells on the inner layer of blood vessels, damaging them throughout the body. (Ntv, September 18)

“The challenge is still ahead”

The president of the German Teachers’ Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, is preparing for a difficult autumn and winter in German schools. Meidinger said that the fact that it has so far worked so well under corona conditions is not so much due to the “full-bodied hygiene plans” of the Conference of Education Ministers and the individual state ministries, but rather to the fact that the incidence of infections in Germany is currently still manageable, he said. “The real challenge still lies ahead of us,” he emphasized in reference to autumn and winter. (Ntv, September 18)

Two schools close due to corona quarantine

In order to contain a possible spread of the corona virus, the city of Sindelfingen has taken infection control measures at the Realschule Goldberg and the Johannes Widmann School in Maichingen and has quarantined the affected classes and teachers. Meanwhile, the precautionary infection control measures in the Kleine Zelgle and Grünäcker daycare centers have been lifted.

Due to cases of corona infection, two grades 7 and 8 at the Realschule Goldberg and a sixth grade at the Johannes Widmann School in Maichingen were placed in domestic quarantine for the protection of the students and teachers, as were the affected teachers. “We wish the infected people a speedy recovery and ask for the understanding of the students and their parents, who have to reorganize their daily routine so soon after the start of school. To contain the spread of the corona virus, we will probably have to take local measures again and again in the coming period. But we can all make an effort in our everyday lives to ensure that stronger restrictions are not necessary again – by remaining vigilant and protecting ourselves and others,” says Lord Mayor Dr. Bernd Vöhringer. (BB heute, September 18)

Study shows work schedules have become more flexible

According to the Ministry of Family Affairs, many employees can now better balance family and career. Of the 750 companies surveyed, one in two (51 percent) had introduced or expanded working time regulations in response to the pandemic, which make it easier to reconcile family and career, the editorial network Germany quotes from a study for the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs. According to the study, the new or expanded regulations include individually agreed working hours, flexible daily and weekly working hours, and home and teleworking. According to RND, the economic research company Prognos surveyed 750 companies for the study. (Focus, September 18)

Non-Corona News

Signaling children’s rights on World Children’s Day 2020

On Sunday, September 20, the official World Children’s Day, all children in Sindelfingen can send their wishes and thoughts on children’s rights to the world by balloon. For this purpose, balloons and postcards will be available for pick-up between 2 and 3.30 p.m. at six stations throughout the city. The children can take these with them and afterwards write down at home which child rights are especially important to them. The stations are:

1) Forecourt of the city library 2) at the Steam Train Friends in Sommerhofenpark 3) Protestant Community Center on Goldberg (Goldbergstraße 33) 4) in Maichingen at the Child Protection Association (Sindelfinger Str.14) 5) Darmsheim at the office of TV Darmsheim 1908 e.V. (Probststraße 4) 6) Eichholz at the Eichholz library (Theodor-Heuss-Straße 90).

Four pm is the designated time for kids to launch their balloons, with the expectation that the sky over Sindelfingen will then be filled with balloons. Information on children’s rights and what they mean will be included. “We hope to decorate the Sindelfingen sky with many balloons and that the balloons will be carried far to make other people aware that children have their own rights,” Lay continues. (Sindelfinger Zeitung, September 18)

Police stop a US-style truck with more than 100 lights

Stars-and-Stripes look and far too much light: On Thursday, the police stopped an 18-wheel truck with a very conspicuous look on the Autobahn 6 in Rhineland-Palatinate. The vehicle, which the officers inspected at Waldmohr, “was not only littered with additional light sources, but was also completely painted over with an American flag,” according to the police report with the headline “A6 has been mistaken for Route 66?  “With all due respect for the love of the mobile undercarriage and the work that went into the truck, something had to be done.” The truck driver driver – suitably dressed in a hat and cowboy boots – replied that his truck was easily identifiable. But this was exactly the problem, according to the police. The truck had the potential to distract and irritate other drivers. In addition, many of the lights – there were more than 110 additional lights on the tractor alone – were potentially dangerous because the voltage had not been tested. (Stern, September 18)

Inclusion Theater in memory of the Nazi crimes at Grafeneck Castle

Once it was an idyllic hunting castle of the Dukes of Württemberg, later a home for people with disabilities – until the Nazis turned Grafeneck Castle near Gomadingen in the district of Reutlingen into a place of death. A Reutlingen theater group now wants to commemorate this dark side of Grafeneck Castle. And it does so with a project in which disabled and non-disabled actors take to the streets together. (SWR, September 18)