Level of concern among French people concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus 2020

This statistic reveals the level of concern of French people linked to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus from January to April 2020. On March 25, a vast majority of French people (85 percent) declared themselves worried about the spread of this virus in their country. Although the data is changing every day, over 140,000 people with COVID-19 have currently been listed in France on May 19, 2020.

COVID-19 coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from a common cold to more severe conditions such as MERS or SARS. But the virus in question here is a new coronavirus which has been named COVID-19. It was detected in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. According to the investigation of the Chinese authorities, people infected with the virus would have contracted it by consuming products (some of which are sold illegally) of animal origin from a large city market, the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market (since closed).
Transmission of this virus is likely to occur through the respiratory tract (exhalation, sneezing, coughing) and through physical contact. As for the symptoms, they are similar to those of a classic flu: fever, cough, breathing difficulties, muscle pain and fatigue.

For further information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

Are you worried about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in France?*

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

May 12-13, 2020

Number of respondents

1,002 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Computer-assisted web interviews (CAWI)

Supplementary notes

* The question was phrased by the source as follows: "Vous personnellement, diriez-vous qu’aujourd’hui, vous êtes tout à fait inquiet, plutôt inquiet, plutôt pas inquiet ou pas du tout inquiet, pour vous et votre famille ?"

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