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A quarter say they use the Corona-Warn-App

23/2020, 26.06.2020

Younger people in particular want to protect themselves with the help of the app, according to a survey by the "BfR-Corona-Monitor"

One week after the launch of the Corona-Warn-App, it has already been downloaded millions of times. 28 percent of the over 14-year-olds in Germany state that they already use the app. This is shown by the survey results of the current "BfR Corona Monitor" of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). 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," says BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. "In contrast, among the more vulnerable persons aged 60 and over, this figure is significantly lower at 19 percent."

The use of social media as a source of information on the novel coronavirus also differs between age groups. While they play almost no role for people aged 60 and over, about half of those under 40 state that they use social media to inform themselves. Across all age groups, this figure is around one quarter.

The population seems to have become accustomed to some of the effects of the coronavirus epidemic. For example, since the last survey more people accept the (now loosened) contact restrictions. While since May about 70 percent of the respondents in each survey considered the contact restrictions to be appropriate, this number rises to 79 percent in the current poll. The obligation to wear masks in shops and public transport is even accepted by 88 percent of the respondents.

The cases of infection among employees of meat processing plants apparently do not increase the fear of being infected via food. Just two weeks ago, 13 percent of the respondents considered food to be a likely transmission pathway for the novel coronavirus - in the current week this figure dropped to eight percent. This stance is in line with the BfR's assessment that an infection via food is unlikely.

The BfR is continually updating its FAQs on the topic of coronavirus.

About the BfR-Corona-Monitor

The BfR-Corona-Monitor is a recurring (multi-wave) representative survey of the German population's perception of risks from the novel coronavirus. Every week between 24 March and 26 May 2020, around 500 randomly selected people were asked by telephone about their assessment of the risk of infection and their protective measures, among other things. Since June 2020, the survey is continued every two weeks with about 1,000 respondents each. A summary of the data is regularly published on the homepage of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. More information about the method and sample can be found in publications about the BfR-Corona-Monitor.

About the BfR

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is a scientifically independent institution within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in Germany. It advises the German federal government and German federal states ("Laender") on questions of food, chemical and product safety. The BfR conducts its own research on topics that are closely linked to its assessment tasks.

This text version is a translation of the original German text which is the only legally binding version.

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