Neta App, the technology platform that promotes civic engagement, conducted a survey to gauge citizen attitude when it comes to reporting Covid-19 symptoms to the government. As per the findings of the survey, while 78% Indians said they will report to a hospital on the onset of Covid-19 symptoms, 22% said they will not report to a hospital, fearing the quarantine facilities. Uttar Pradesh has the highest percentage of people (28%) who said they would not report symptoms of Covid-19, followed by Punjab (27%), Gujarat (25%) and West Bengal (25%).
With India having imposed a lockdown to deal with the increasing COVID-19 cases, there have been several instances of people dodging the quarantine orders, posing a major obstacle for authorities trying to contain the virus. Several reports of people escaping quarantine across states like Rajasthan and Maharashtra to name a few have come to light recently. Till now, India has reported over 1000 positive COVID-19 cases. According to the World Health Organization, some of the common symptoms of Coronavirus include cough, fever, tiredness, and difficulty breathing (in severe cases).
Commenting on the findings of the survey, Pratham Mittal, Founder, Neta App said, “The survey reflects upon a very serious crisis that the country is dealing with right now. If 22% people do not report to the hospital for fear of lacking facilities and continue spreading the infections, that can cause serious issues for the community and completely dent the efforts of the government to curb the virus. The need of the hour is to educate people about the seriousness of the issue at hand.”
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About Neta App
Founded by Pratham Mittal in 2018, Neta App is a technology platform that aims to foster political accountability by enabling citizens to signal a change in their political preferences at any point in time. The app enables citizens to vote for their favourite leaders and then change their vote on the app as and when their preferences change. Modelled on the Approval Ratings in the US, the company aims to make the app a barometer of the political climate in the country.
Voters can indicate their preferences as per their constituencies, for their leaders at the state and central level. If they are unsatisfied with their current leader, they can decide to take away their vote and give it to someone else as and when they want. For the leaders, the app acts as a feedback mechanism, helping them gauge the impact of their actions or inactions on a day to day basis.
In order to ensure a pertinent sample size, Neta app uses multiple mediums like the app, IVR calls and SMS to gather data on evolving political inclinations. The app acts as the single point scorecard that displays results collected across all these mediums. The app also enables people to share their opinion and conduct polls on matters of national and local importance. To know more about them, click here.