Around a third of Germans are afraid of COVID-19
There is currently hardly a topic that is reported as much as about the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the disease COVID-19 caused by the pathogen. What is clear is that many people are worried about contracting the virus and falling ill. But Germans are even more afraid of other diseases.
According to a recent survey, around every third German is afraid of being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The new pathogen worries older people in particular: Almost every second German over the age of 60 is afraid of COVID-19. Nationwide, 37 percent fear that. Nevertheless, eight percent of German citizens do not observe the corona protection rules.
Cancer is the most feared disease
According to Message The Forsa Institute for the health insurance company DAK-Gesundheit has been regularly investigating the fear of illness in Germany for ten years. This year, on October 29 and 30, 2020, the institute carried out a nationwide and representative survey of 1,003 men and women.
It showed that people in Germany are most afraid of cancer again this year, at 72 percent. Places 2 and 3 share Alzheimer’s / dementia and accidents with severe injuries with 55 percent each.
This is followed by fear of a stroke (51 percent), a heart attack (47 percent) and a serious eye disease up to and including blindness (45 percent). As people get older, people become more concerned about developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and having a stroke or heart attack.
Here is a list of the diseases that Germans are most afraid of:
1. Cancer (72 percent)
2. Alzheimer’s / dementia (55 percent)
3rd accident with serious injuries (55 percent)
4. Stroke (51 percent)
5. Heart attack (47 percent)
6. Serious eye disease (45 percent)
7. COVID-19 (37 percent)
8. Mental illness (33 percent)
9. Severe lung disease (32 percent)
10. Diabetes (20 percent)
11.Venereal diseases (12 percent)
Fear of lung disease increases
Against the background of the second corona wave, the fear of a serious lung disease is much more pronounced than in the past ten years. One in three (32 percent) is currently afraid of a lung disease. Last year it was 21 percent.
Also striking: the higher the level of education, the lower the fear of COVID-19. More than every second German with a secondary school certificate is afraid of the corona virus, but only a good third with a high school diploma. Overall, women are 41 percent more afraid of COVID-19 than men (32 percent).
Women pay more attention to health than men
Generally speaking, German citizens feel healthy: The clear majority (89 percent) of Germans rate their state of health as good (61 percent) or very good (28 percent). Among the 14 to 29 year olds it is 94 percent.
Women are much more active in the area of prevention. For example, 73 percent of German women take part in preventive cancer examinations, compared to only 47 percent for men. To prevent illness, Germans primarily exercise regularly (80 percent) and ensure a balanced diet (78 percent).
In the context of the corona pandemic, the proportion of non-smokers has increased: 74 percent of Germans do not smoke to protect their health. Over the past ten years, the average has been 67 percent. (ad)
Author and source information
This text complies with the requirements of specialist medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical professionals.
- DAK-Gesundheit: Every third German is afraid of COVID-19, (accessed: November 16, 2020), DAK health
This article is for general guidance only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. He can not substitute a visit at the doctor.