The European citizens who are most threatened by the coronavirus, above Italy, the United Kingdom and France, according to a study carried out by Ipsos between June 25 and 28, 2020, among 16,000 adults aged 18 to 74 in Canada and United States, and from 16 to 74 years of age in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

Specifically, the peak of greatest concern among the Spanish population occurred between March 19 and April 2, when the first state of alarm was declared and the country was totally confined. At that time, more than 55 percent of Spaniards perceived Covid-19 as a high or very high threat to them.

Since then, there has been a progressive decline until June 14, at which time a large part of Spain began its ‘new normal’ after overcoming phase 3, to end the state of alarm from June 21, where all Spaniards could move freely around Spanish territory.

As of that date, the fear of contagion has increased until today, where almost 40 percent of Spaniards declare that they are afraid. Furthermore, one of the emotional consequences of the pandemic is the feeling of anxiety that brings us back to normal.

And it is that, in Spain, half of the citizens (51%) admit to feeling anxiety when thinking about resuming their routines, although it is below the global average, being the second European country with the highest index, only surpassed by the United Kingdom. United (62%).

In fact, the level of anxiety of the Spanish has been increasing since May 10, since that date it has increased by five points. This situation is also repeated in Germany and the United Kingdom, where regrowths have not stopped emerging in recent weeks.


Likewise, while some citizens believe that opening businesses now puts too many people in danger and we should wait at least a few more weeks, there are others who believe that the economy needs to be moved again, and that the health risk is minimum if the rules of social distancing are followed.

Again, the study has shown how Spanish public opinion has undergone a change of opinion regarding this issue. Although there was an upward trend from May 24 to June 7, going from 49 percent to 58 percent of the population in favor of economic reopening, this trend is currently beginning to experience a slight decline. Countries around us such as Italy, France or Germany also reflect a change of mind in this regard.

However, almost six out of ten Spaniards agree that the economy must be reactivated and business must be allowed to open. Despite the desire of citizens to regain the life they had before the virus, most Spaniards agree on the risks of returning to normal.

Among the day-to-day activities where Spaniards see the most risk of contagion, local and national celebrations come first, with more than eight out of ten Spaniards who consider it so, followed by taking a vacation (75%), eating in a restaurant (59%), go to parties with friends and family (58%) and go to beauty salons, hairdressers or spas (51%). On the contrary, the activity that the Spanish population considers safer is shopping, with only 37 percent of citizens saying otherwise.

« Spaniards live divided between reality and desire. Two stories that intersect, on the one hand what people want; forget about the virus, return to normal life, summer on vacation and the stubborn reality imposed on us by the sprouts, closings, limits, imposed on us by a new way of living that is costing a lot to accept because we considered it to be transitory but we see that it may not be so much, « said the director of Public Opinion and Social Studies at Ipsos, Vicente Castellanos.