The BfR Corona-Monitor is a recurring representative survey of the German population's perception of risks from the new type of coronavirus. Since 24 March 2020, randomly selected people have been asked by telephone every Tuesday about their perception of the risk of infection and the protective measures they have taken.
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 26 May
An interim evaluation of the BfR-Corona-Monitor after ten weeks shows trends in the perception of the pandemic with regard to possible sources of infection, personal and societal protective measures as well as the importance of the media. What becomes clear: The risk of coronavirus is still taken seriously.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 26 May (PDF file,1.16 MB)
- The risk of coronavirus is still taken seriously (Press release No 18/2020, 29 May 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 19 May
Since the start of the survey in March, television and internet have always been the most frequently cited sources of information on what is happening around the novel coronavirus. Print media and radio follow at a considerable distance.
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 12 May
The perceived safety from an infection with the novel coronavirus grows. While in the first survey in March only 28 percent of the respondents thought they could protect themselves against an infection, this figure has now risen to 41 percent.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 12 May (PDF file,1.15 MB)
- Coronavirus infection: Perceived safety grows (Press release No 16/2020, 15 May 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 5 May
The desire for social contacts increases. Only 67 percent of the respondents regard the contact prohibition as appropriate - in March, however, it was accepted by 92 percent. Additionally, only 63 percent considered proximity to other people to be a probable path of infection - a decrease of nine percentage points compared to the previous week.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 5 May (PDF file,1.15 MB)
- Coronavirus pandemic: Increased desire for social contacts (Press release No 15/2020, 5 May 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 28 April
In the sixth week of the "BfR-Corona-Monitor" the extent of the health and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic are estimated to be about the same. While in the previous weeks the respondents felt more affected by the economic than the health impacts, this difference is no longer discernible in the current week.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 28 April (PDF file,1.14 MB)
- Coronavirus: health and economic concerns (Press release No 14/2020, 30 April 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 21 April
Wearing a protective mask has become mandatory or is strongly recommended in many places throughout Germany. Six out of seven participants (86 percent) consider this measure to be appropriate. A third of the participants also stated that they already wear protective clothing such as face masks or gloves.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 21 April (PDF file,1.14 MB)
- Mandatory wearing of masks finds broad approval (Press release No 12/2020, 24 April 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 14 April
The Fear of coronavirus declines. While in the previous week 40 percent of the respondents stated that they considered the consequential harms of an infection with the coronavirus to be large, this figure has now dropped to 26 percent. Young people in particular no longer consider the health impacts to be this large.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 14 April (PDF file,1.12 MB)
- Fear of coronavirus declines (Press release No 11/2020, 17 April 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 7 April
Risk awareness is higher in old age. The impact of a coronavirus infection on health is estimated by 40 percent of participants to be large. For people aged 60 and over, this proportion is 54 percent. Thus, risk awareness is notably higher among people who are more at risk due to their age than among younger age groups.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 7 April 2020 (PDF file,1.12 MB)
- Coronavirus pandemic: risk awareness is higher in old age (Press release No 10/2020, 7 April 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 31 March
More people protect themselves from coronavirus. 78 percent of the survey participants take special care not to get infected with the virus. Avoiding the public was still the most frequent protective measure spontaneously mentioned by the participants. However, wearing protective clothing including masks or gloves was more important than in the previous week.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 31 March 2020 (PDF file,1.08 MB)
- More people protect themselves from coronavirus (Press release No 08/2020, 3 April 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 24 March
Which things worry the people of Germany most about the novel coronavirus and risk of infection? They mainly see proximity to other people (81 per cent) and contaminated door handles (61 per cent) as a probable transmission pathway for the pathogen.