Honestly and between you and me, have you ever spent Christmas alone? Silent night, lonely night? In November, when a top German politician called this year's Christmas the "hardest Christmas the post-war generations have ever experienced," there was an outcry. "Forgetting history" was still one of the most innocuous reactions.
During these weeks, I often have to think of the sentence by the American feminist Arlie Hochschild: "Home becomes work and work becomes home". The founder and CEO of the communication platform Slack, Stewart Butterfield, recently declared the age of the office to be over. The Corona pandemic is accelerating the transformation of the working world by up to ten years.
As is clear today, the months-long closure of day-care centres and schools due to Corona, was probably not necessary in order to slow down the spread of the virus. This is the conclusion of a growing number of health experts and policy makers in Europe. The risk of infection from children is rather low. The economic consequences of months of school closures are already severe. According to OECD calculations, the loss of one third of a school year already leads to a loss of three percent of later life income.
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