Coronavirus and its Societal Impact - Highlights from WZB Research

The coronavirus is changing the lives of individuals and the coexistence of the many. Social distance is regarded as the highest civic duty. Solidarity is demanded of the fit and young in order to protect the weak and elderly. While we are witnessing unprecedented executive power at a national level, the EU’s powerlessness within Europe is becoming painfully apparent.

How profound and lasting are these developments? Will this crisis change our societies for good? Social scientific research has yet to give conclusive answers to these questions.

In the coming weeks, WZB researchers will regularly present their analyses, considerations and hypotheses here. The pandemic is not just a challenge for the natural sciences. It affects all of society.

Please note that some of the content here is currently available in German only.