1 year after Covid began, poll reveals what Thais have learned

26-Jan-2021 Intellasia | BangkokPost | 6:52 AM Print This Post

A slight majority of people hold out moderate hope that vaccines will help end the Covid-19 pandemic, but worry about side effects, according to a wide-ranging opinion survey by Bangkok University (Bangkok Poll).

The poll was conducted via telephone interviews on January 18-20 on 1,186 people aged 18 and over of various levels of education and occupations throughout the country.

Asked what they thought would be most affected if the Covid-19 outbreak continued unabated, a bare majority50.1 percentcited their jobs and incomes; 27.4 percent the possibility of being infected by the virus; 15.0 percent travel; 4.0 percent availability of necessities and food; 3.2 percent expenses for protective gear; and 0.3 percent children’s education.

Asked if vaccines would help contain or end the pandemic in the country, 51.3 percent said they are moderately hopeful; 32.8 percent very hopeful; and 15.9 percent had little or no hope.

Asked to list their concerns about vaccines, 39.6 percent chose their side effects; 17.0 percent their effectiveness; 12.8 percent whether new vaccines would be needed to fight new Covid-19 variants; 12.7 percent were concerned they would not be entitled to free vaccinations; and 7.8 percent worried about smuggled vaccines without Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) approval.

Asked to list the biggest lessons they learned from the Covid-19 outbreak during the past year, 40.2 percent said illegal entry of migrants could cause serious damage; 20.3 percent hiding information could put other people at risk; 17.6 percent recklessness on the part of some people could put the majority at risk; 8.8 percent complying with health measures could reduce infections; 5.2 percent being in crowded places was conducive to virus spread; 4.4 percent inter-provincial travel could spread the virus; and 3.5 percent closing the country’s borders could reduce inflows of infections.

Asked how they have learnt to protect themselves from Covid-19with each respondent allowed to give more than one answer99.3 percent mentioned use of face masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing; 86.6 percent being more careful at crowded places; 74.8 percent monitoring news about infections and high-risk areas; 69.1 percent eating only hot, cooked food; 47.3 percent scanning the Thai Chana and Mor Chana QR codes when visiting public places; 46.1 percent learning how to work from home as well as in the office; and 45.1 percent making payments via apps to avoid physical contact.



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