Coronavirus: which masks offer which protection?

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Respirators, surgical masks or sewn face masks – the differences in masks and the protection they offer are huge. According to experts, some could even convey a false sense of security.

From Kai Laufen, SWR

There is a lot of discussion these days about face masks to protect against the coronavirus. But not all masks are the same – the differences are big: Respiratory masks are made of hardened paper or fabrics and are multilayered, they have filters and sit a little distance over the mouth and nose, and are close to the cheeks. Only these masks are certified for biological threats such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus, only they protect against both infection and spread of the virus. They are called "Filtering Facepieces", or FFP for short, and they are divided into protection classes. Only respiratory masks with protection class FFP2 or FFP3 are certified for medical personnel in dealing with the coronavirus.

A comparison of election programs: data protection

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FDP, Greens and Left Party reject data retention in principle, while Union and SPD want to enable this under certain conditions. With the exception of the CDU and CSU, all parties want to better protect the data and privacy of employees through their own law.

CDU / CSU

The Union is in favor of a responsible data policy that the privacy who protects people. She wants Germany to be an "attractive one." Data location"and promote the use of data in a targeted manner. At the same time, users’ interest in protecting their own data should be preserved. The Union wants Minimum storage periods for connection data regulate by law. Necessary data should be available to prosecute serious crimes or avert threats to public safety. Consumer rights the network should be better secured. According to the Union, anyone who wants to use the personal data of citizens must in principle obtain their consent.

SPD

The SPD wants to ensure through effective data protection that citizens can confidently determine their personal data. A legal framework is intended to protect consumers on the Internet. Connection data should only be stored under the rule of law and according to clearly limited rules. The storage of Motion profiles is rejected. Exceptions to the principle of confidential communication should only exist in order to prosecute the most serious crimes. The SPD wants to enact its own employee data protection law. Whistleblower companies should be better protected against discrimination.

A comparison of election programs: climate protection

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The SPD, the Greens and the Left Party are calling for a national climate protection law, while the Union and the FDP are relying on international agreements. All parties want to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With the exception of the Left Party, all are in favor of emissions trading, albeit with different orientations.

CDU / CSU

As a leading industrialized country, the Union assigns Germany a special responsibility in terms of climate protection. She wants that Greenhouse gas emissions in Europe by 2020 by 30 percent compared to 1990. Germany should act as a pioneer and reduce emissions in the same period 40 percent reduce. The Europe-wide Emissions trading should be more market-based and supplemented by other countries – with the long-term goal of a global trading system. Research projects should municipal climate protection strengthen. The Union wants a new international one Climate protection agreement, which follows on from the Kyoto Protocol.

SPD

The SPD wants that Greenhouse gases By 2020 by 40 percent, by 2030 by 60 percent and by 2050 by 95 percent – in each case compared to 1990. A national Climate Protection Act be adopted, in which climate targets are prescribed for relevant sectors such as industry, transport, agriculture and forestry. The Emissions trading should be reactivated. The SPD wants to change international climate policy. Instead of waiting for "the slowest ship in the convoy", alliances are to be formed among those who go ahead.

50 Ambassadors call for the protection of sexual minorities in poland

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It is a one-time process: 50 ambassadors from other countries in Poland have written an open letter to the government in Warsaw. In it they demand more protection for homosexuals and other sexual minorities.

Ambassadors from 50 countries have appealed to Poland to respect the rights of gays, lesbians and other sexual minorities. In a joint open letter that was published on Sunday, the diplomats working in Poland called for the protection of these minorities from "verbal and physical abuse" and from messages of hatred. To this end, we must work together on a climate of "non-discrimination, tolerance and mutual acceptance".

The letter was signed by the ambassadors of almost all EU partner countries as well as those of the USA, Canada, Israel, Japan and other states. The letter was published by US Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher on Twitter.