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What is Germany doing better to save lives from COVID-19?

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NINA FASCIAUX

Solutions Journalism Network

Paris, France

Media Training Professional

In the last few years, the news in Europe said, "Germany does this better, and that... " and for many of us here, it started to get irritating. In the case of the coronavirus, it is serious, and Germany is also doing it better. It's a matter of how many lives we can save, and what measures work in the fight against COVID-19.

Like other European countries, Germany is hit hard by the pandemic. But despite a high contamination rate, the death rate from COVID-19 in the country is particularly low. This collection investigates how a combination of widespread testing, social distancing, and plenty of hospital care available (so much that the country is welcoming patients from France and Italy) , has allowed Germany to be a model for others in fighting the virus.

In this crisis, like in many others, we should look at what's working elsewhere, like Germany, and analyze : why is this working better? And can we replicate this approach in our country?

Stories In This Collection (5)

Germany Has Relatively Few Deaths From Coronavirus. Why?

The New York Times

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Although Germany has reported over 50,000 cases of coronavirus, the country is seeing a lesser death toll from the pandemic as compared to other countries. Like other countries working to contain the spread, Germany was quick to enact widespread testing a persistent contact tracing, but the count...

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COVID-19: Germany sees low fatalities despite high infection rate

Al Jazeera

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Although Germany has a high amount of coronavirus cases, their death toll is less than comparable countries which can be attributed to widespread testing and a prepared health care system. The hospitals have been able to avoid a "mass influx of patients at the same time," due to a large number of...

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A German Exception? Why the Country's Coronavirus Death Rate Is Low

The New York Times

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Germany has had plenty of coronavirus patients—more than 100,000 laboratory-confirmed infections—but their death rate is remarkably low compared to neighboring countries. Experts attribute this to extensive and widespread testing, a trusted government, social distancing, and plenty of hospital ca...

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Why Is Germany's Coronavirus Death Rate So Low?

Time Magazine

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In the midst of the COVID19 outbreak, Germany has maintained one of the lowest rates of death at just 0.9%. While also one of the countries worst affected by it, both of those numbers are because of its widespread testing. The more people being tested, the more they’ve identified milder cases, wh...

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Why Germany's Coronavirus Death Rate Is Far Lower Than In Other Countries

NPR

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Compared to its European counterparts, Germany has one of the lowest coronavirus fatality rates, around 0.5%. Experts credit the low rate to the country's decentralized diagnostic systems that allow federal states to make their own decisions about testing. The country has averaged about 120,000 t...

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