Corona Tracker 1: First Exclusive Survey Finds 88% Indians Taking Precaution To Combat COVID-19

With the number of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases rising steadily in India, 88 per cent of the people across the country are taking precautionary measures to save themselves from the pandemic.

This was revealed by the findings of the IANS C-VOTER Gallup International Association Corona Tracker 1, which was conducted in 22 countries around the world, interviewing more than 22,000 people in an exclusive first global poll on Covid-19.

The countries surveyed besides India were: Germany, Italy, United States, Pakistan, United Kingdom, France, Armenia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Netherlands, Palestine, Philippines, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand and Turkey.

In each country, a representative sample of men and women was interviewed over the last two weeks either face to face, via telephone or online.

According to the poll, as much as 88 per cent of Indians have adopted to protect themselves from Covid-19 as a precautionary step, while 12 per cent people are still not taking any precautionary step to stop its spread.

The survey also claimed that 86 per cent of the respondents globally are taking precautions to stop the spread.

Hand washing has proven to be one of the most effective ways to fight the global coronavirus pandemic, as 75 per cent of the global respondents of the IANS-C-VOTER Gallup International Association Corona Tracker 1 said that they took to washing hands to fight the virus.

Austria was followed by Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina, where 89 per cent and 87 per cent of the respondents saying they are using hand washing seriously, respectively.

In India, 72 per cent of the respondents said they are using hand washing to safeguard themselves against the virus. In Pakistan, 59 per cent of the respondents said they did not adopt to hand washing, followed by Turkey at 57 per cent.

Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory, even if it is about coronavirus spread.

45 per cent Indians believe that a foreign power/other force is deliberately causing the spread of coronavirus.

Though 33 per cent Indians rubbished the theory, the fact that 45 per cent believe in the conspiracy theory says something.

Meanwhile, 44.5 per cent said “a foreign power/other force is deliberately causing the spread of coronavirus.” When asked who they think are behind it, 75.1 per cent blamed China.

Indians aren’t alone who believe in the conspiracy theory. Globally, 36 per cent said that they believe a foreign power/other force is deliberately causing the spread of coronavirus.

Among other countries, 18 per cent in Germany, 21 per cent in the US, 20 per cent in Italy, 23 per cent in Pakistan and 29 per cent in France find logic in that theory. In countries like Ecuador, the number of believers in the conspiracy theory is 52 per cent.

The total percentage of respondents who think that COVID-19 won’t affect them, that is combining those who “strongly disagreed” as well as those who “disagreed”, is 60 percent in India, much higher than the worldwide figure of 35 percent.

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