COVID-19 fears shifting to livelihood worries, finds study
‘Anxiety over funds for daily needs in four States’
- The first survey brought out the general anxieties about the uncertainty brought by COVID-19, what was found in responses in the second survey was growing specific anxieties about income, availability of funds for daily needs and the day-to-day impact on livelihood.
- The idea was to study how COVID-19 is being understood and responded to by the community.
- One of the key findings was the very high degree of awareness about COVID-19 in all four States, with 99% of all participants having heard about it.
- It also found that the risk perceptions have also changed. Respondents with low risk perceptions attributed it to their being vigilant and following government recommendations and rules.
- On prevention strategies, handwashing was most commonly cited — suggesting an overall increase in awareness of hygiene, post-COVID-19 — followed by wearing a mask and avoiding going outside.
- One common misconception, involved meat-eating, with 55% believing they could get infected from consuming chicken, eggs or meat.