COVID-19: Fear of the corona virus decreases

COVID-19: Fear of the corona virus decreases

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Corona monitor: fear of the corona virus is decreasing

Fear among the population of the new corona virus is decreasing, but fear of economic effects as a result of the pandemic is increasing, according to two key results of the new "BfR Corona Monitor". The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) recorded in the survey the fears and concerns of the population about the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

"The new type of corona virus has been frightening and worrying the world for months", but there is apparently a trend reversal in Germany, because for the first time fewer people are worried about the consequences of a corona virus infection, according to the BfR. "Young people, in particular, no longer rate the health effects as great," emphasizes BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel.

Less fear of consequential damage

In the previous week, 40 percent of those surveyed said that they considered the consequential damage from an infection with the corona virus to be large, but this value has now dropped to 26 percent. With the fading fear, however, there is also a decreasing willingness to comply with certain protective measures.

Acceptance of curfew decreases

Most people continue to take measures to protect themselves or their families from being infected with the coronavirus, but compared to the previous week, for example, the proportion of those who actively avoid the public decreased by ten percentage points to 42 percent, reports the BfR. Compared to previous weeks, the curfew and closings of most shops in particular are rated as appropriate by fewer and fewer respondents.

Which contagion routes are feared?

The willingness to wear protective clothing, however, remained almost unchanged (22 percent). This could also be due to the fact that proximity to other people continues to be seen as the main infection route by 74 percent of those surveyed. With other contagion routes, such as smear infections via doorknobs, cash or toys, there was growing concern.

Fear of economic consequences is growing

With regard to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the current "Corona Monitor" shows that the health consequences are currently moving into the background and there is growing concern about the economic consequences. 36 percent of those surveyed stated "that they will be more affected by the economic effects than by the health effects" and "24 percent, on the other hand, consider the health effects to be greater", reports the BfR. Only 13 percent of those surveyed assume that they will not be affected in terms of health or economy.

How is media reporting rated?

For the first time, the current issue of the “Corona Monitor” also asked how media perception is perceived by the population. 62 percent of the respondents rated the reporting as "appropriate", 35 percent perceive it as "exaggerated" and three percent as "trivializing". (fp)

Author and source information

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

Dipl. Geogr. Fabian Peters


  • Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR): Fear of coronavirus is decreasing (published April 17th, 2020),
  • Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR): BfR Corona Monitor - as of April 14, 2020,

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