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Corona warning app: Every fourth German uses it

Corona warning app: Every fourth German uses it


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The Corona warning app uses more than one in four

The Corona warning app commissioned by the federal government was made available in mid-June. Since then it has been downloaded millions of times. In a survey, more than a quarter of the respondents now said that they also use the app.

The Corona warning app, which has been available since mid-June, is designed to help identify and effectively interrupt infection chains faster and more comprehensively. If everyone is quickly informed about a possible infection with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 through contact with an infected person, he or she can react quickly and protect themselves and others, according to the federal government. A survey by the “BfR Corona Monitor” has now shown that younger people in particular want to protect themselves with the app.

Younger people use the app more than older people

As the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) writes in a current announcement, the Corona warning app has already been downloaded millions of times. According to the experts, 28 percent of over 14-year-olds in Germany state that they are already using the app. This is shown by the survey results of the current “BfR Corona Monitor” from the BfR.

Youngers seem to use the app more than older ones. "40 percent of those under the age of 40 say they use the app to help," explains BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. "In the case of the more vulnerable people aged 60 and over, however, it is significantly less at 19 percent."

Mask requirement is accepted by a large part of the population

The use of social media as a source of information on the new type of corona virus also differs between age groups. While these play almost no role for people aged 60 and over, around half of those under 40 say they are using their help. This share is around a quarter across all age groups.

The population seems to have gotten used to some of the effects of the coronavirus epidemic. Since the last survey, more people have accepted the (now relaxed) contact restrictions. While around 70 percent of respondents have rated contact restrictions as appropriate since May, this percentage has risen to 79 percent in the current survey.

88 percent of respondents even accept the obligation to wear a mouth-to-nose covering in shops and public transport.

According to the BfR, the cases of infection among employees of meat processing companies do not appear to increase the fear of being infected through food. As recently as two weeks ago, food was viewed by 13 percent of the respondents as the probable transmission path of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 - this week this value dropped to eight percent. This attitude also coincides with the BfR's assessment that infection via food is unlikely. (ad)

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This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.



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