7. Young people and Covid-19: views on the Covid-19 pandemic and measures

7.5. Shared responsibility for others as motivation for implementing measures

What this is about

Young people felt that they were at a relatively low risk of being exposed to the virus. Around 30% assumed that they were likely to be infected with the coronavirus at some point, but just 14% expected to experience severe symptoms or a life-threatening course of disease. We know from our interviews that young people were very worried about infecting people from high-risk groups. Consequently, their reason for implementing protective measures was primarily to protect the health of others. This section shows that during the pandemic, young people set their own needs aside for the common good and demonstrated a strong sense of responsibility.