Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating these two articles about COVID-related events in Germany.
Article #1: The effects of masks on children:
Study: Masks for Children
A recent study by the University of Witten / Herdecke examined the effects of wearing face masks on children. An average wearing time of 270 minutes per day — i.e. about one day of class — was assumed. As a result, stress was found in 68% of the children.
Specifically, the children suffered from irritability (60%), headaches (53%), concentration difficulties (50%), less happiness (49%), aversion to school / kindergarten (44%), malaise (42%), learning difficulties (38%) and drowsiness or fatigue (37%).
Article #2: Members of the Bundestag will take a Corona-related pay cut:
Oh God, the poor “people’s representatives”: Members of the Bundestag are threatened with a reduction in Parliamentary Allowance
The members of the Bundestag could face a reduction in Parliamentary Allowance in the wake of the Corona crisis, as nominal wages have fallen and the negative trend due to the lockdown is likely to continue.
The payments from the tax-financed feed troughs could be reduced: instead of the €10,000 only €9,800? Is that just before the notorious Starvation Cloth?
We’re not shedding tears of pity; so far there is still the additional income to compensate for the reduction in Parliamentary Allowances, and if the unemployment of the subjects should progress due to the lockdown, one could also think about minimizing the number of members of the Bundestag, since a bloated parliament is inappropriate for such a small country.
According to a report, the 709 members of the Bundestag are threatened with a reduction in their Parliamentary Allowances for the first time due to the Corona crisis. The Bild newspaper pointed out on Monday that, according to the Federal Statistical Office, nominal wages fell by 4% and 1.3% in the second and third quarters of 2020, respectively. Since the negative trend is likely to continue in the fourth quarter due to the renewed lockdown, this will also affect the Parliamentary Allowance. The Parliamentary Allowance will be adjusted on July 1st, as the nominal wages have developed in the previous year.
In 2020, wages only rose in the first quarter, by 2.1 percent.
The political scientist Hans Herbert von Arnim told the “Bild” newspaper: “Millions of employees are on short-time work or unemployed because of the Corona crisis. In some cases, incomes have fallen drastically. At the very least the Parliamentary Allowance for members of the Bundestag will therefore also be reduced in the next year, as the law provides.”