Based on a Kantar study
As the world battles against Coronavirus, a recent study by Kantar, one of the world’s largest research agencies, reveals that majority of UAE residents are well-informed on how to best contain the virus. The study, which took into account both hygiene and social distancing concluded that between 60 and 70 percent of the residents were aware of the ‘touchpoints’ on how Covid-19 spreads and the ways to stop it.
The survey which concluded last week interviewed a diverse segment of the UAE population to understand how the behaviour and lifestyle is evolving in the light of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Results revealed that 72 percent of the respondents knew that washing hands frequently with soap and water could help fight the disease, while 60 percent believed that using a tissue when coughing and sneezing was important in containing the virus. Around 64 percent answered in affirmative that avoiding contact with people who are unwell is important, while 67 percent agreed that not touching our faces with unwashed hands is essential to avoid the infection.
When queried on ways one can catch Covid-19, 70 percent of respondents identified close contact with infected persons by means of touch, as well as through cough and sneezes. Around 65 percent agreed that contact with contaminated surfaces could be another culprit.
Commenting on the study, Amol Ghate – CEO Middle East, Insights Division – Kantar said: “It’s quite encouraging to see that UAE residents are well-aware of the dos and don’ts of Covid-19. This study was the first among the series that Kantar plans to conduct in order to gauge the public behaviour as the situation unfolds resulting in a constant change in dynamics”.
In the past month, the UAE has initiated several platforms to create awareness among the residents in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus and introduced measures to encourage social distancing and health hygiene.
Key findings of the study:
- As per 70 percent of the respondents, using hand sanitizer helps to avoid Coronavirus.
- 72 percent of the respondents knew that washing hands frequently with soap and water could help fight the disease; 60 percent believed that using a tissue when coughing and sneezing was important too.
- Around 64 percent answered in affirmative that avoiding contact with people who are unwell is important, while 67 percent agreed that not touching our faces with unwashed hands is essential to avoid the infection.
- 56 percent believed that one should avoid traveling on public transport (buses/trains).
- 48 percent felt that one can build immunity through Vitamin C tablets and supplements.
- According to 20 percent, the virus could be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy or birth.
- Only 10 percent responded that eating excessive non-vegetarian food could cause Covid-19.