By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Benjamin Restle and Caleb Larson
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is urging people to be rational in response to a growing number of conspiracy theories related to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said during a visit yesterday to Berlin’s new COVID-19 treatment center that people should focus on facts.
Steinmeier added he doesn’t consider himself a medical expert, but that masking one’s mouth is preferable to wearing a “tin-foil hat.”
Despite ongoing criticism, German Health Minister Jens Spahn is standing by his proposal for people to carry coronavirus immunity certificates.
In an interview with the German media group RND yesterday, Spahn suggested issuing immunity cards, which would indicate whether a person has recovered from COVID-19, could allow for greater freedom of movement.
He added other countries are planning to require that travelers carry coronavirus immunity certificates before allowing them in.
But some critics say that such cards would unfairly reward people who have been infected by allowing them to travel freely.
Doctors still do not know if people develop immunity after recovering from COVID-19, and if they do, how long it lasts.
Mannheim researchers found public support for Germany’s lockdown measures has dropped considerably.
The daily coronavirus survey from the University of Mannheim found that less than half of Germans surveyed this month said they support the idea of schools and other institutions being shut. That’s down from 91% in March.
The study also finds that in March, 40% said they were avoiding meeting people who don’t belong to their household. Whereas now, only one quarter say they do.
The researchers found that people favor lockdown measures more if they feel the virus poses a serious threat to their own health.
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