Head of the day – If he’s wearing short Sleeves, feels Spain’s Fernando Simón, has withdrawn as Manager of the Corona-crisis in Spain at the beginning of the wrath. In the meantime, he is the darling of the Nation.Opinion Sebastian Schoepp4 Kommentare4Im television Fernando Simón, explains the Spanish almost every day, the current location of the Corona distribution. It is equally important, in the meantime, what he’s wearing.Photo: Emilio Naranjo (Imago)

For many weeks, he is in the Spanish television, the face of the crisis. As long as he is the Bearer of it was bad and getting worse and worse messages will, he was hated by many, because it is always the Messenger, even if he can’t do anything for it. But quite innocent of Fernando Simón was not in its initially disastrous reputation as a crisis Manager. As the Director of the coordination centre for medical emergencies at the health Ministry, in Madrid, Simón belonged to Abwieglern first of all, the Corona. Legendary is his total misjudgement of the threat in February, when he said that the infection level in Spain is low, you should not be – upset according to the current state – too much.

This statement is for him like tons of hard on the feet, because today Spain is the country with the most Corona-cases of Europe. However, Fernando Simón, found nothing, and later, in view of the escalation of his attitude to the reality, according to the motto that science is a process of constantly growing knowledge and the possibility of error in it. You can also say: He is not afraid to admit mistakes; recently, Simón admitted that the Virus is circulating, possibly already since the autumn in Europe.

self-projection Covid-19

Maybe that was also on the Boris-Johnson-Moment Simon had to experience. At the end of March, he was tested positive for Covid-19, he survived the disease with relatively mild symptoms. Now he is back, as a kind of Spanish Daniel Koch, he refunded almost daily report, and since the lanky 57-Year-old positive news to announce, is also the handling of the Public with the disease Manager is milder, Yes, loving.

In the first few weeks was still required of how wild his resignation, but the left-left government under Pedro Sánchez held at the renowned epidemiologist, who had acquired great merits in the fight against Zika and Ebola. Simon previously worked at the European centre for the prevention and control of diseases, and was for nine years as a doctor in Africa, including Burundi and Mozambique, then in Ecuador and Guatemala. Returned to the beginning of the zero years, he and his wife, María, with whom he has three children, according to Spain, from a Spanish reason: “So that the children see their grandparents more often.” And now it was, of all things, Simón, who had to his countrymen is precisely this close family interaction that characterizes the Spanish society and, unfortunately, one of the reasons for the rapid spread of the disease may have been. Including he has suffered visibly.

Coiffeur chains and pop songs

Simón is considered to be “buena gente”, as a nice guy, and he comes over on TV as well. Always casual, moving furniture at cooler temperatures in the Sweater, now that it is warmer, in the short-sleeved linen shirt, what inspired Twitterers to the comments if Fernando Simón wear short Sleeves, must be the wardrobe. An ironic allusion to the absolute authority of the disease guardian about the everyday life in Corona-times.

A Coiffeur chain advertised with pictures of his untamed gray mane and showed by the Assembly, how much telegener Simón could look like, if you work only barbers could. There is a pop song, in the the Twitter-Star Christian Flores sings, he would cuddle so much “between your bushy eyebrows and give you a kiss, but of course I’m not going to really do this, because I take your advice seriously.” Do the vast majority of Spaniards, the lock, the draconian output, for the Simón stands, disciplined, have to endure. Now, since it is slowly getting better, the country is still “every reason to be sad,” has Simon said in his quiet thoughtfulness, but the Numbers may make “us happy again too”.

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