How has trust changed your life

This is what the corona crisis would look like if the country were a residential development

Everyone is affected by the pandemic. But in the daily flood of numbers, the extent of it is often difficult to grasp. We try anyway by imagining the Swiss as residents of a development.

If we break down the Swiss population to 100 people, this small community is made up as follows:

Even in times without a pandemic, health is a main concern of the Swiss. According to a ranking by the research institute gfs.bern, it came in second in 2018 and 2019; only about old-age provision has the Swiss population given more thought in recent years.

At the moment, health and the corona pandemic are the new biggest concerns. That is hardly surprising. Daily reports about increasing numbers of infections and people who have died with Covid-19 have dominated the headlines for months. This illustration shows how affected the health of the community in our Corona house actually is:

However, even all of these numbers do not fully capture how severe the health consequences of Corona actually are for the community. Little is known about Long-Covid, for example. It affects people suffering from Covid-19 who have not fully recovered long after the outbreak. For months you suffer from headaches, extreme tiredness and sometimes memory loss, among other things. Like 47-year-old Evelina Gasperina-Büchel, who explains in the NZZ video how Long-Covid turned her everyday life completely upside down.

But Corona does not only concern us health. The consequences of the pandemic are also being felt economically. Overall, the damage is limited in Switzerland - at least so far. Yet many people are facing financially insecure times, such as those who work in hospitality, tourism or sales. Many restaurants, including those that have been successful for many years, are currently bleeding to death.

Creative artists in particular have had a year in which they could not even practice their profession. Many of them have plunged into a deep crisis of meaning. The 32-year-old Zurich actor Roman Klingler, for example (name changed). He told the NZZ how all the pillars that had supported his life had broken down as a result of the pandemic; how he rummaged around for days in his apartment because he couldn't cope with the threatening state of emergency, just as little as with the empty shelves or the queues in front of Migros and Coop.

Roman Klingler is not alone. His case stands for all those who had to go through a personal, a psychological crisis during the Corona crisis. For those who may have faced problems before and for whom this pandemic was too stressful.

The social and societal consequences of the pandemic are currently the least foreseeable. Because depending on the living or living situation, the prerequisites for dealing with the new reality were completely different.

Of particular concern are the many people who now believe that conspiratorial forces are behind the pandemic. For example, 59-year-old Elisabeth Bolliger. At the beginning, the curative teacher would have had respect for the coronavirus and the consequences of the Covid-19 disease. But she has become more and more skeptical. In an interview with the NZZ, she said: “Normally, there are always pro and contra voices. But with regard to Corona, all the media have only talked the Federal Council by the mouth. "

Bolliger also found the virus panic exaggerated in their environment. She started to argue with her work colleagues. She felt alone and fell silent. Until she discovered videos of like-minded people on YouTube. She said: "The fact that even proven experts question whether the virus is really that dangerous has encouraged me not to blindly follow all measures."

At the same time, trust in science is greater than ever. This is also a result of the corona pandemic. According to the University of Zurich's new science barometer, 67 percent of the Swiss resident population - or 67 people in the Corona House - said their trust in science was "high" or "very high". In 2019 and 2016, 56 and 57 percent of those surveyed said this.

The growing belief in science has probably to do with the rapid development of an effective vaccine against corona. The sensational success was also possible because researchers, pharmaceutical companies and governments around the world worked together more closely than ever before and shared new findings on the virus and Covid-19 quickly and unbureaucratically. And although 20 percent of the Swiss population - or 20 people in the Corona house - do not want to be vaccinated, the rest will probably do so quickly. That in turn should be enough to contain the spread of the virus.

Concept: Adina Renner. Illustrations: Anja Lemcke. Development: Roman Karavia. Data analysis and text: Adina Renner, Barnaby Skinner.

swell: The demographics of the Corona house can be calculated here. All calculations and sources used can be viewed here.

The main polls and surveys used
: Covid-19 Switzerland, information on the current situation, as of December 17, 2020. Dunbars Number.Corona: Pre-existing risk diseases and risk group (age: 15+), Obsan. Labor market indicators, Swiss employers' association. Lockdown as a catalyst for expanding the home office, possibly Bern. SRG Corona Monitor, Sotomo, November 6, 2020. Covid-19 edition of the Swiss Science Barometer, Covid-19 edition.

Inspiration: The impetus for this story came from the article "What if all Covid-19 deaths in Brazil happened in your neighborhood?" of the Brazilian news medium Folha de S.Paulo. The interactive publication makes it easier to experience abstract numbers by showing how many people in his own area would have died of Covid-19 if all those who had died in Brazil had lived in one neighborhood. The visualization of the house and the residents is inspired by the set design of Michael Jackson's “This is it” tour, but also by the article “A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic” by The Washington Post and 100 New Yorkers from The New York Times.