Coronavirus pandemic: ban on contact is increasingly being questioned

Coronavirus pandemic: ban on contact is increasingly being questioned

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Corona restrictions: stronger desire for social interaction

Several weeks ago, numerous measures were taken to limit the further spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 as much as possible. In the meantime, however, massive easing has been decided in this country, even restaurant visits are now possible again. Many people should welcome the changes. Because according to a survey, some of the measures, such as the ban on contact, are increasingly being questioned.

Contact bans, restrictions on going out, closed daycare centers and schools: Since mid-March, drastic measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic have been in force in Germany. In the meantime, however, numerous easing measures have been decided or have already been implemented. This should also help to satisfy the stronger desire for social contacts that has recently been voiced.

People want more normalcy again

As the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) writes in a current communication, many people in Germany seem to want greater cooperation again after weeks of restrictions on public life.

For example, only 67 percent of those surveyed judged the ban on contact as appropriate - in March, 92 percent accepted it. This was the result of the so-called "BfR Corona Monitor", a regular survey by the BfR.

In addition, proximity to other people is only seen by 63 percent as a probable route of infection - a decrease of nine percentage points compared to the previous week.

"The population longs for a bit of normalcy," said BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel on the results.

Most people accept the obligation to wear a mask

However, the vast majority of the population accept the regulations on protection against infection that apply in shops.

The restriction of the maximum number of customers in shops is therefore considered appropriate by 84 percent of those surveyed.

The requirement for a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people also met with broad approval (90 percent). The obligation to wear a mask is also still accepted by the vast majority (82 percent).

Small part does not take action against infection

Around a third of the survey participants said that they want to protect themselves or their families from infection by wearing protective clothing.

The proportion of people who said they wanted to protect themselves by washing their hands or disinfectants more often fell to less than ten percent. Only 22 percent said they did not take action against an infection.

It was also shown that the majority of the population in Germany still feels well informed about the events surrounding the new corona virus (67 percent).

The proportion of people who named the Internet as a source of information rose by eleven percentage points to 66 percent compared to the previous week. However, most respondents still state that they use television as a source of information (74 percent). The radio, on the other hand, recorded a decline, which was now only mentioned by 24 percent. (ad)

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

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