Understandable and yet science-based, the SPD politician Karl Lauterbach explained what had to be done in the pandemic via Twitter and talk show before he was Minister of Health.

The epidemiologist warned the then CDU Health Minister Jens Spahn almost every day to be more careful and speed up the fight against the virus.

Lauterbach seemed to many to be the ideal candidate for the health department.

That's how Volke's voice spoke, which Olaf Scholz couldn't ignore at the ministerial casting.

But the SPD man, who was known as a loner before his appointment to the traffic light cabinet, reveals considerable communication deficits in dealing with the public and fellow politicians. In mid-January, the Lauterbach institute shortened the status of those who had recovered from six to three months. It's no wonder that Hesse's head of government, Volker Bouffier, gave up in the prime ministerial round. After all, Lauterbach had previously promised the federal states that they would inform them in good time about changes for those who had recovered. The minister has also further weakened the dwindling trust in a comprehensible corona strategy. Millions of citizens who thought they were protected for months after surviving Covid disease were caught off guard.

Another annoyance is the change in the test regulation, which was born out of necessity and was communicated in a confusing manner.

The prioritization of who now gets one of the reliable but rare PCR tests if an infection is suspected will be difficult to put into practice.

And how infected citizens without priority status can officially test themselves as recovered is still unclear.

In any case, it seems that politicians are capitulating to the size of the virus wall.

There is no other way to explain why Markus Söder gave up one day after the Corona summit and happily relaxed in Bavaria.

Up to ten thousand spectators will soon be allowed to watch football games there again.

Everything is not so bad, is the message.