Survey: Europeans are still afraid of corona mutations

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Survey: Europeans are still afraid of corona mutations

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The fear of people in Europe about corona mutations is still great in the third year of the pandemic. According to a study by the European Covid Survey (ECOS) published in Hamburg on Tuesday, two thirds of all people in Germany were worried, and one in five was very worried. According to the information, around 8,000 people in Germany, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain were interviewed in May. The examination has been repeated every two months since April 2020.

The fear of people in Europe about corona mutations is still great in the third year of the pandemic. According to a study by the European Covid Survey (ECOS) published in Hamburg on Tuesday, two thirds of all people in Germany were worried, and one in five was very worried. According to the information, around 8,000 people in Germany, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain were interviewed in May. The examination has been repeated every two months since April 2020.

According to the survey, 75 percent of people in Spain, Italy and Portugal fear new mutations, while people in Denmark are less worried (52 percent). “The concern of another wave in the population is real and shows that for many people the pandemic is not over yet,” said the scientific director of the Hamburg Center for Health Economics (HCHE) at Universität Hamburg, Jonas Schreyögg.

However, despite people’s concerns, the researchers observed a decline in overall immunization readiness. According to the information, it has fallen in Germany from 86 to 83 percent since the beginning of the year. The readiness for a booster vaccination is even lower at 75 percent; 16 percent are currently even against a refresher, 9 percent said they were still unsure.

Compared to the other countries surveyed, Germany is in the lower midfield. In last place is France, where only 74 percent are generally vaccinated and less than 60 percent want a booster shot. “The declining willingness to have a booster vaccination could lead to more severe cases of infection in autumn and winter with another wave of corona,” warned Schreyögg.

Despite concerns about the further course of the pandemic, most people have come through the past two years in good health, according to the survey. Two-thirds of those surveyed had not noticed any changes, 11 percent had even improved their health, but 23 percent had gotten worse. Financially, the pandemic has had no or even positive effects on the majority (68 percent). However, the data had also shown that Corona had led to a greater financial burden, especially among low-income earners and women.

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