In the past two years, the Corona study was completed more than three million times.
We would like to thank everyone who has participated in the Corona study, helping to guide policy and providing insights into how this lockdown has been experienced. Thanks to everyone who completed the survey one or more times! On 29 March 2022, you could participate for the forty-sixth and last time.
About the citizen science project
At midnight on Friday 13 March 2020, a number of drastic measures were launched to counter the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. In March and April, the measures were tightened up even further. Throughout May they were gradually relaxed, and the lockdown was eased on 8 June.
The impact of the measures were only visible in the hospitalisation rates 10 to 14 days after they were launched. This was due to the incubation period and how COVID-19 was progressing. In order to be able to respond to evolutions quickly, experts needed indicative population data.
There was an urgent need to know how the population was coping with the crisis, not least in order to be able to predict the further evolution of the epidemic, to help the hospitals assess what was going to happen, and to monitor the well-being of the population. This was especially important when the measures had been relaxed.
Social scientists from the University of Antwerp were helping medical experts to process the answers. This citizen science project was also running thanks to the assistance of colleagues from KU Leuven and Hasselt University.