Coronavirus: German population hardly worried, but cautious

Coronavirus: German population hardly worried, but cautious

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BfR Corona Monitor: Majority of the population is not worried about corona virus

In some countries, significant increases in coronavirus cases have been reported in the past few days. In Germany, however, only a few new infections have recently been registered. This has probably also led to the fact that the majority of the German population is not worried about SARS-CoV-2. However, measures to curb the new virus continue to be approved by most.

It has recently been reported that the number of new coronavirus infections in Sweden is increasing rapidly. In China, too, a significant increase in new corona cases is causing concern. In Germany, however, most people are not worried about the virus. This is shown by current data from the "BfR Corona Monitor", a regular survey by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

No immediate threat from the virus is feared

Although numerous measures against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have been eased, only a few new infections have occurred in Germany in recent weeks.

This fact apparently also influences risk perception, according to a statement by the BfR.

In the current “BfR Corona Monitor”, only 19 percent of those questioned state that they are worried about the effects of the corona virus on their own economic situation. And only 13 percent are concerned about possible consequences for physical health.

"The past few weeks have given us a sigh of relief," said BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. "Most people do not currently think that they are directly at risk from the virus."

16 percent of those questioned are worried about the consequences of the new corona virus on social relationships, 57 percent are not worried. Ten percent worry about their mental health, with 72 percent these fears hardly play a role.

Broad support for containment measures

Although the concern about the consequences for one's own life is comparatively low, the measures to contain the virus continue to be widely accepted.

At least 80 percent of those surveyed judged measures such as distance control, the cancellation of events or the requirement for a mask to be appropriate.

Of the measures surveyed, the least accepted were the continuing restrictions in school and daycare facilities (64 percent).

What precautions are taken to protect

According to the information, for the first time a list was used to determine how many participants took specific precautions to protect against infection.

In the previous waves of the survey, on the other hand, the interviewees could openly and without stipulate the measures that they had applied at the respective time.

According to the BfR, at least 90 percent state that they can prevent infection by wearing masks or washing their hands thoroughly.

79 percent of those surveyed said they met family and friends less often, and 73 percent said that they were generally less likely to leave their homes.

And even though the time for empty toilet paper shelves is over, 19 percent still say that they are stocking up larger stocks. (ad)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Video: Increased transmission of coronavirus in Germany, public health officials say (September 2022).


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