In Munich there is a kiss-kiss as a welcome. North German warmth, on the other hand, is a friendly “Moin”.
According to the health economist Jonas Schreyögg (44), the comparatively low corona infection rates in northern Germany are due to mentality.
“Perhaps it is also the Protestant character of the north that means that people are more compliant with the rules,” said the director of the Hamburg Center for Health Economics (HCHE, part of the University of the Hanseatic city) of the Hamburger Abendblatt. It is also a “question of discipline”.
The scientist was born in Bavaria and has been researching how to deal with the pandemic in seven European countries since spring. The plague came from the south to the north.
“In southern countries such as France and Spain, people get very close, although they know that there is a risk of infection,” says Schreyögg.
There is a similar gap within Germany: “It’s a question of culture.” Schreyögg: “In Bavaria, despite the danger, there are some opportunities for contact that are simply not denied.”
Of course, population density also plays a role. Schreyögg on the “Abendblatt”: “Where few people live together in a confined space, there tend to be fewer contacts, so fewer opportunities to get infected.”
Incidentally, the study conducted by his institute also shows that there is no region in Germany where vaccination readiness is as high as in northern Germany.
The seven-day incidence
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the seven-day incidence (number of Covid cases per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days) for Bavaria on Friday at 171.5. In Baden-Württemberg it was 129.2 and in Saxony it was even 201.4.
Schleswig-Holstein, on the other hand, has recently fallen below the critical 50 mark with 47.6 cases. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania the incidence is 46.9 – the lowest value in Germany. Hamburg also has the lowest value compared to other large cities with 87.3 cases.
The HCEH is investigating how the population is handling the threat posed by the coronavirus and following political decisions. Since the beginning of the Corona crisis, it has been surveying 7,000 people in seven European countries in cooperation with other institutes.