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 on a regular base about their perception of the risk of infection and the protective measures they have taken.
Overview of the BfR-Corona-Monitor questionnaire (status 5 March 2021)
- https://www.bfr.bund.de/cm/349/overview-of-the-bfr-corona-monitor-questionnaire.htm (PDF file,441.58 KB)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 2 - 3 March
According to the current BfR-Corona-Monitor of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), 43 percent of the respondents have already had themselves tested for the virus. The survey, which has been conducted regularly for almost a year now, documents how the population is dealing with the situation, what they are doing to protect themselves and how they are informing themselves about the current events.
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 16 - 17 February
The population's approval of the national vaccination strategy is declining. In the current survey, 64 percent of the respondents state that they consider the order in which the population in Germany is supposed to be vaccinated as appropriate. In mid-January, 74 percent expressed this opinion.
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 2 - 3 February
The majority of the population supports the new home office regulation. The occupational health and safety regulation regarding the coronavirus has been in effect throughout Germany since the end of January. It requires companies to offer their employees the opportunity to work from home, as far as their work permits. According to the BfR-Corona-Monitor, 86 percent of the respondents consider the regulation appropriate.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 2 - 3 February (PDF file,506.19 KB)
- Working from home: Majority supports the new regulation (Press release No 06/2021, 8 February 2021)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 19 - 20 January
The approach for the corona vaccination receives approval. Anyone who belongs to a risk group, lives in a nursing home or works in healthcare is first entitled to a vaccination against the novel coronavirus. The order for vaccination protection is regulated by the national vaccination strategy. Three out of four respondents consider the strategy appropriate.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 19 - 20 January (PDF file,518.83 KB)
- Corona vaccination: Approach receives approval (Press release No 04/2021, 25 January 2021)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 5 - 6 January
Despite cold temperatures, the population counts on fresh air to avoid contracting the coronavirus. In all age groups, about four out of five respondents say they ventilate more frequently. Additionally, respondents try to protect themselves from an infection mainly by wearing masks, keeping distance from other people and washing their hands more frequently.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 5 - 6 January (PDF file,504.60 KB)
- Protection against corona: 82 percent ventilate more frequently (Press release No 02/2021, 11 January 2021)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 17 - 18 December
In the days before Christmas, the overall acceptance of the measures increased once again. At the beginning of the month, 62 percent approved the closure of cultural institutions and 54 percent the closure of restaurants. In the current survey, the figures rose to 74 percent and 62 percent. Overall, Three out of four respondents approve the planned ban on fireworks.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 17 - 18 December (PDF file,469.11 KB)
- The majority of respondents approves the tightening of measures (Press release No 45/2020, 23 December 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 8 - 9 December
Two weeks before Christmas, acceptance of some containment measures increases: While, for example, the closing of cultural institutions was only supported by 49 percent of respondents at the beginning of November, it is now considered appropriate by 62 percent.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 8 - 9 December (PDF file,463.51 KB)
- Coronavirus pandemic: Entering the Christmas season with caution (Press release No 42/2020, 14 December 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 24 - 25 November
Worries about interpersonal relationships are currently taking precedence. About a third of the respondents are concerned about the impact of the coronavirus on their social contacts. By contrast, only around a quarter are worried about their health and their economic situation.
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 10 - 11 November
The legislation in force since the beginnung of November for the containment of the coronavirus is met with mixed reactions from the general public. While measures such as mandatory distance, mandatory use of masks or quarantine continue to be widely accepted, the closure of gastronomic an cultural establishments is viewed with partial scepticism.
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 27 - 28 October
Even before the new corona rules come into force in November, many are more cautious again. The proportion of those, who say that they meet less frequently with family or friends, rose from 65 to 76 percent. Furthermore, 69 percent say, they leave their home less - an increase by 10 percentage points.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 27 - 28 October (PDF file,433.72 KB)
- Even before the new corona rules come into force, many have become more cautious (Press release No 36/2020, 2 November 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 13 - 14 October
The majority of the population considers the measures introduced by the Federal Government and the Länder to stem the spread of the coronavirus to be appropriate. Only the recently introduced ban on accommodating people from risk areas within Germany is met with much less acceptance: Only 45 percent regard the regulation as appropriate.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 13 - 14 October (PDF file,440.74 KB)
- Ban on accommodation meets with mixed acceptance among the population (Press release No 33/2020, 16 October 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 29 - 30 September
Social media play a not inconsiderable role as an information channel on the events surrounding the new coronavirus. In the current survey, 25 percent state that they obtain information from this medium. Thereby the proportion of younger people (under 40 years of age) is higher than the proportion of older people (40 years and older).
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 15 - 16 September
Despite coronavirus, social contacts increase again. Only 60 percent of the respondents say that they meet up with friends less often. At the same time, the proportion of people concerned about the impact of the virus on their social relationships fell to 15 percent.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 15 - 16 September (PDF file,435.32 KB)
- Despite coronavirus: Social contacts increase again (Press release No 30/2020, 21 September 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 1 - 2 September
The population in Germany spends more time outdoors again: While 73 percent of the population said they left their home less at the beginning of summer in mid-June, this figure is 60 percent in the current survey. In contrast, the mandatory corona tests for returnees continue to receive broad approval (90 percent).
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 18 - 19 August
The vast majority supports mandatory corona tests for returnees (91 percent). Acceptance of the other containment measures also remains at a high level. For example, the distance regulation, the mandatory use of masks and the cancellation of events are considered appropriate by more than 85 percent of the participants.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 18 - 19 August (PDF file,432.49 KB)
- Vast majority supports mandatory corona tests for returnees (Press release No 27/2020, 24 August 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 4 - 6 August
An interim evaluation after 20 weeks: Although a certain habituation effect to the pandemic can be observed in the population, the topic is still relevant for them. Most people actively inform themselves about what is happening, comply with government regulations and take measures voluntarily to prevent an infection with the virus.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 4 - 6 August (PDF file,427.02 KB)
- Population still considers coronavirus pandemic relevant (Press release No 25/2020, 11 August 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor – as to 21 - 22 July
The acceptance of the mandatory wearing of masks has reached a new peak in the German-speaking population. While in the survey of 12 May 2020 a total of 73 percent of the respondents considered the mandatory wearing of masks to be appropriate, the figure in the current survey is 92 percent.
BfR-Corona-Monitor – as to 7 - 8 July
The population in Germany is devoting more attention to their social relationships again. While at the end of June, 80 percent stated that they meet with friends or family less often, this figure fell to 72 percent in the current survey.
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 23 - 24 June
One week after the launch of the Corona-Warn-App, it has already been downloaded millions of times. It seems that younger people are more likely to use the app than older people. 40 percent of those under the age of 40 state that they use the app. In contrast, among the more vulnerable persons aged 60 and over, this figure is significantly lower at 19 percent.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 23 - 24 June (PDF file,417.44 KB)
- A quarter say they use the Corona-Warn-App (Press release No 23/2020, 26 June 2020)
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 9 - 10 June
The current data show that only a relatively small part of the population is concerned about impacts on their own lives. However, there is still widespread support for measures to contain the disease.
- BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 9 - 10 June (PDF file,382.76 KB)
- Coronavirus: The majority is not worried, but still cautious (Press release No 22/2020, 15 June 2020)
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.