The aim of this project is to gain insight into the perceptions of the population - the "psychological situation in the pandemic". This should help to align communication measures and reporting in order to offer correct, helpful knowledge to the population and to prevent misinformation and actionism. For example, in the beginning, we tried to classify behavior that was heavily discussed in the media, such as discrimination against people who apparently come from heavily affected countries like China or Italy, or so-called hoarding purchases. We want to find out how often such behavior actually occurs and which factors can possibly explain this behavior.
The results should help authorities, media representatives, but also the population to assess the psychological challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic and, in the best case, to cope with them.
A joint project of University of Erfurt (UE, lead), Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA), Leibniz Center for Psychological Information and Documentation (ZPID), Science Media Center (SMC), Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH).
Access to results: www.corona-monitor.de . An update occurs every second Friday at noon.
Based on this study, a Behavioral Insights Survey Tool for the WHO/Euro Region has been developed.