VIDEO – ‘We stayed on our asses’: Germany hails courage of young ‘heroes’ who fought 2020 pandemic

The German government has credited the country's 'heroic' youth with having the courage to do what was needed to fight the 2020 coronavirus pandemic: 'absolutely nothing'. Who said Germans had no sense of humour?

VIDEO - 'We stayed on our asses': Germany hails courage of young 'heroes' who fought 2020 pandemic
Image from the German federal government's coronavirus video, 15 November 2020.

The German federal government released the 1.35-minute video online on Saturday and called it  “#specialheroes — Together against corona.”

A Twitter user has since posted an English translated version of the ad.

The short video begins with an elderly man recalling his “service” to the nation in the winter of 2020, when he was 22 years old and wanted to ” party, study, get to know people, go for drinks with friends.”

As dramatic music plays underneath the narrative, he recalls how “fate had different plans for us.”

“So we mustered all our courage and did what was expected of us, the only right thing. We did nothing. Absolutely nothing. Being as lazy as raccoons,'' he says in a serious tone.

“Days and nights, we stayed on our asses at home and fought against the spread of the coronavirus,'' he continues, as his younger self is seen slumped on a sofa eating junk food.

The video ends with him saying, “Looking back, this was our fate…This is how we became heroes.”

A government message then reads: “You too can become a hero by staying at home.''

The response on twitter has been largely positive, with many praising the video for its effective use of humour to send a message. 

Others didn't see the funny side and were critical of the video for making light of the financial and health implications of having to stay at home during the pandemic.

There is also second version of the advert, where the man's wife talks about the experience from her point of view, with the key message “special times require special heroes.”

Germany has registered a total of 790,503 coronavirus cases and 12,485 deaths, according to the Robert Koch Institute disease control centre.

Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Sunday, that the country may see four to five more months of coronavirus restrictions, dashing hopes of a quick end to a partial lockdown introduced two weeks ago.

READ MORE: Is Germany set to tighten shutdown measures?

Member comments

  1. It is very fitting. We all sat on our asses & watched PornHub & Netflix while we were robbed and the whole world was fooled into believing in this lie, while our freedoms were stripped of us. Yeah, well done humanity, future generations will pay for our failing.

  2. And what did you do during the pandemic? Sat at your keyboard spreading conspiracy theories? You must be proud of your heroic contribution to humanity’s wellbeing.

  3. @Nick if you did your own research & didn’t blindly follow the main stream narrative, you would discover that it is a conspiracy alright, but not a theory.

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Bavaria pushes for stricter Covid regulations in autumn

Health ministers across Germany's 16 states are debating the government's new Covid plan - and politicians in Bavaria say they want more clarity.

Bavaria pushes for stricter Covid regulations in autumn

On Tuesday, federal and state health ministers planned to discuss the Covid protection proposals for autumn and winter presented last week by Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) and Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP).

However, some states and politicians are not satisfied with the plans. 

Under the proposals, masks will remain mandatory in air and long-distance transport, as well as clinics, nationwide. But federal states will be able to choose themselves whether to introduce further measures like mandatory masks on public and regional transport.

States will also have the power to take tougher Covid measures if the situation calls for it, such as mandatory masks indoors, but lockdowns and school closures have been ruled out. 

READ ALSO Masks and no lockdowns: Germany’s new Covid plan from autumn to Easter

The draft law states that there can be exceptions from wearing masks in indoor spaces, such as restaurants, for recently Covid-vaccinated or recovered people. 

But Bavaria’s health minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU) told DPA that these planned exemptions were not justified because vaccinated and recovered people can still transmit infections. “There are clear gaps in the current draft law,” said the CSU politician.

Dominik Spitzer, health policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group in the Bavarian state parliament, also questioned this exception, saying the rules “simply made no sense”.

“With the current virus variant, that would be impossible to convey, since even vaccinated people can continue to carry the virus,” the FDP politician told Bavarian broadcaster BR24. 

The coalition government’s graduated plan under the new Infection Protection Act, is set to be in force from October 1st until April 7th next year. 

The powers for the states are a first step, “but they do not go far enough for us”, Holetschek added, while calling for some points to be tightened up. “We need strong guidelines for autumn and winter.”

Holetschek said the government needed to tighten up the criteria with which states can adopt and enforce more effective measures to protect against the spread of Covid-19.

READ ALSO: Could Germany see a ‘patchwork’ of Covid rules?

Meanwhile, CDU health politician Erwin Rüddel said Germany was on the “wrong track” and the country should find “a completely different approach” to Covid policy than it has so far.

He accused the coalition government of being in “panic mode” and said he doubted the Bundestag would pass the proposals.

“I believe, there will be significant changes (to the draft)”, he said.

But the chairperson of the doctors’ association Marburger Bund, Susanne Johna, backed the plans.

“The proposal for the new Infection Protection Act gives the states sufficient possibilities to react adequately to the infection situation,” Johna told the Rheinische Post on Tuesday.

“The states can take regionally adapted measures to protect people if the need arises. I can’t understand why this concept is being called into question right away.”