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Corona survey: old people worry about the virus, young people about their psyche

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For almost a year, Germany has been in a state of emergency due to the Corona crisis. The threat posed by the virus, the strict measures taken to contain it and the economic and social consequences of the pandemic are weighing on people.

A survey by the opinion research institute Civey on behalf of NewsABC.net now shows: Germans are particularly concerned about the psychological stress in the Corona crisis.

When asked what they were most concerned about in the pandemic, 18.2 percent of the more than 5,000 respondents named the psychological consequences of the restrictions. 16.9 percent are particularly concerned about becoming infected with the coronavirus; the third most common concern among respondents is that they will infect someone close to them with the virus (14.9 percent). Similarly, the delayed start of vaccination is given as the greatest concern in Germany (14.5 percent).

On the other hand, economic problems were only very rarely mentioned as the greatest concern in the Corona crisis. Only 5.3 of those surveyed were concerned primarily about their finances, 5.2 percent primarily about their future careers.

The younger the respondents, the more worries they are about the psychological consequences of the corona crisis

Evaluated according to the age of the respondents, the survey shows: Younger people in particular are concerned with the psychological consequences of the restrictions in the Corona crisis.

Almost a third of 18 to 29 year olds cite this point as their greatest concern, and more than a quarter of 30 to 39 year olds. Among 40 to 49 year olds, too, psychological stress is cited most frequently as the greatest concern during the crisis (21.1 percent).

In the older age groups, concern about the virus itself predominates. Among those surveyed between 50 and 64, corona infection was the most frequently mentioned concern (17.6) percent, followed by concern about psychological consequences (15 percent) and infections in the Environment and concern about the newly spreading corona mutations (both 14.3 percent).

For people over 65, the result is even clearer: the most frequently mentioned concern is that of being infected with the coronavirus (almost 25 percent), followed by concern about infections in the surrounding area (21 percent) and concern about the new coronavirus Mutations (18.5 percent). The risk of a severe course increases significantly with age.

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