BfR-Corona-Monitor

The BfR Corona Monitor is a recurring representative survey on the risk perception of the population in Germany towards the novel 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 15 October 2021)

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 12 - 13 October 2021

About half of the population (54 %) feels well informed about what is happening with the novel coronavirus. In contrast, 17 % feel poorly informed. The most frequently used sources of information on the COVID-19 pandemic are currently television, radio and personal contacts.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 28 - 29 September 2021

The 2G rule meets with substantially less approval among the population than the 3G rule. Currently, 83 percent of the respondents see the 3G rule as an appropriate measure to contain the coronavirus. In comparison, the 2G rule is supported by 56 percent.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 14 - 15 September 2021

The acceptance of the 3G rule is increasing among the population: 82 percent of the respondents consider the extended testing obligation to be appropriate. Two weeks ago, this value was still at 75 percent. Almost half of the respondents (49%) say they have been tested for the coronavirus in the past two weeks - an increase of 5 percentage points since the last survey.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 31 August - 1 September 2021

The majority of the population in Germany is in favour of the 3G rule. Three out of four respondents feel that the extended testing obligation for all unvaccinated and unrecovered people is appropriate. Among older people aged 60 and over, the approval for the 3G rule is particularly high at 85 percent; in comparison 71 percent of younger people consider the rule appropriate.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 17 - 18 August 2021

Overall, the acceptance of the measures to contain the coronavirus is slightly decreasing. In addition to the restrictions in the cultural sector and the limitation of the number of customers, the population considers especially the contact restrictions to be less appropriate. Currently, this value is at 60 percent – a decrease of 11 percentage points compared to the last survey two weeks ago.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 3 - 4 August 2021

The mandatory tests for returnees who are neither vaccinated nor recovered are widely accepted by the population. 89 percent of the respondents consider the measure for the containment of the coronavirus to be appropriate. Also, the number of people who are sure or very sure that they can protect themselves against an infection has risen to 60 percent. In the weeks before, the value had dropped slightly.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 20 - 21 July 2021

After almost a year and a half of the pandemic, measures to protect oneself against an infection have become an integral part of everyday life for many people. 96 percent of the respondents say they continue to wear a mask, and 75 percent still keep their distance from others. However, the number of people who say they leave their homes less frequently has decreased noticeably in recent weeks and is currently at 40 percent.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 6 - 8 July 2021

The concern about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on social relationships is on the rise again: 29 percent of the respondents are currently worried about this. In addition, the number of people who feel badly or very badly informed about the coronavirus situation has increased by 10 percentage points over the past two weeks to 26 percent.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 22 - 23 June 2021

The personal environment is losing importance as a source of information in the coronavirus pandemic: currently, just over a third (35%) obtain information about the virus on a daily basis from personal conversations with family and acquaintances. In contrast, television continues to be the most used information channel.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 8 - 9 June 2021

With increasing vaccination rates and decreasing numbers of infections, the population's feeling of safety is also rising. The majority of the population in Germany thinks it can control its risk of an infection well. 62 percent are confident that they can protect themselves from an infection with the coronavirus. At the end of March of this year, only 40 percent of the respondents felt that way.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 25 - 26 May 2021

In the current survey, 70 percent of the respondents say they have been tested for the coronavirus in the period around Ascension Day and Pentecost - that is 11 percentage points more than a month ago. At the same time, 26 percent of the respondents are currently concerned that the coronavirus will affect their social relationships. At the end of April, this figure was still at 40 percent.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 11 - 12 May 2021

More than half (54%) of the respondents rate the media coverage of the coronavirus as appropriate. Additionally, 57 percent say they feel very well or well informed about current corona events - an increase of 12 percentage points since the end of March. In the same period, the number of those who are confident that they can control their own risk of infection rose from 40 to 58 percent.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 27 - 28 April 2021

60 percent of the respondents consider the new nationwide curfew regulation from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to be inappropriate. This regulation will apply regionally from a 7-day incidence of 100. The opinions on this differs considerably between the age groups. While 57 percent of respondents aged 60 and over support the measure, only about one fifth of those under 40 do so.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 13 - 14 April 2021

46 percent of respondents are confident that they can protect themselves from an infection with the coronavirus. Two weeks earlier, this figure was still at 40 percent. It seems that the sense of security also depends on age. 54 percent of those who are 60 or older think they can protect themselves from an infection - for each of the younger age groups, this figure is only just over 40 percent.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 30 - 31 March 2021

In the current survey, 40 percent of the respondents say they have been tested for the coronavirus in the past two weeks. In addition, before Easter, the majority are relying on the common measures to protect themselves from the coronavirus: covers for mouth and nose, distance to others, reducing contacts and more thorough hand washing.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 16 - 17 March 2021

The national vaccination strategy is losing some support compared to the last survey. Currently, 58 percent of the respondents are in favor of the determination of the order in which people in Germany are entitled to a vaccination. In contrast, 81 percent of the respondents think that limiting the number of customers in stores is appropriate - one of the conditions under which retailers were able to reopen in large parts of Germany.

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 2 - 3 March 2021

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 2021

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 2021

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 19 - 20 January 2021

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 5 - 6 January 2021

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 17 - 18 December 2020

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 8 - 9 December 2020

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 24 - 25 November 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 13 - 14 October 2020

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 29 - 30 September 2020

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 2020

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 1 - 2 September 2020

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 2020
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 4 - 6 August 2020 
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 21 - 22 July 2020
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 2020
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 2020
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 9 - 10 June 2020
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 26 May 2020
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 19 May 2020
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 2020
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 5 May 2020
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 28 April 2020
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 21 April 2020
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 14 April 2020
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 7 April 2020
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 31 March 2020
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 24 March 2020
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.

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