How many people have already been infected with the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2? How many infections have gone undetected?
The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) are investigating these questions in the nationwide study “Living in Germany—Corona Monitoring”. DIW Berlin has commissioned Kantar to carry out the survey.
The Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) has partnered with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) to conduct the nationwide study “Living in Germany—Corona Monitoring”. To create the survey sample, all adult respondents in the SOEP-Core and SOEP-IS samples were invited to take part. The study has the following objectives:
For the study, SOEP respondents are sent PCR and DBS test kits for self-testing, which they send back to RKI for analysis. Respondents also complete a short questionnaire covering topics that include clinical symptoms, pre-existing conditions, and health behavior. Respondents are informed of the results within four to six weeks. Participation is voluntary. The study has been granted ethics committee approval.
Funding: about 1.530.000 Euro