A survey carried out by Ipsos, a Paris-based global market research consulting firm, has revealed that just 3% of Pakistanis are clear-headed about COVID-19 infection and have no misconceptions about its prevention, spread, and cure.
The survey inquired public perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors among Pakistanis about the COVID-19 pandemic. From 19 to 23 May, Ipsos surveyed 1028 persons comprising 72% men and 28% women. 68% of the survey participants belonged to the urban population while 32% to the rural.
Here are the findings of the survey:
- 1 out of 3 Pakistanis believes in Coronavirus conspiracy theories circulating over the internet.
- 42% think the COVID-19 outbreak is a foreign conspiracy against Pakistan.
- 33% believe SARS-COV-2 is a laboratory-made virus spread deliberately around the world.
- 42% are of the view that the infection affects people aged 55 and above.
Here is what Pakistanis think about the lockdown:
- 51% believe they will lose their jobs in the next 6 months if the current situation prevails.
- 3 out of 5 think the government should aid them.
- 6 out of 10 will not allow their children to return to school if academic process resumes during the outbreak.
- 50% are comfortable to go back to work during the outbreak.
- 3 out of 5 think ease in lockdown will add to the spread of the disease.
While 50% of Pakistanis will hold themselves responsible for a deterioration in the Coronavirus situation, 1 out of 4 will blame the incumbent government if the situation spirals out of control.
Ipsos has requested the Pakistani government to start a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the misconceptions and fatal nature of COVID-19.