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

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

Photo: J.J. Gouin (Creative Commons)
Photo: J.J. Gouin (Creative Commons)

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 Jan 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 majority -- 50.1% -- cited their jobs and incomes; 27.4% the possibility of being infected by the virus; 15.0% travel; 4.0% availability of necessities and food; 3.2% expenses for protective gear; and 0.3% children's education.

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

Asked to list their concerns about vaccines, 39.6% chose their side effects; 17.0% their effectiveness; 12.8% whether new vaccines would be needed to fight new Covid-19 variants; 12.7% were concerned they would not be entitled to free vaccinations; and 7.8% 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% said illegal entry of migrants could cause serious damage; 20.3% hiding information could put other people at risk; 17.6% recklessness on the part of some people could put the majority at risk; 8.8% complying with health measures could reduce infections; 5.2% being in crowded places was conducive to virus spread; 4.4% inter-provincial travel could spread the virus; and 3.5% closing the country's borders could reduce inflows of infections.

Asked how they have learnt to protect themselves from Covid-19 -- with each respondent allowed to give more than one answer -- 99.3% mentioned use of face masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing; 86.6% being more careful at crowded places; 74.8% monitoring news about infections and high-risk areas; 69.1% eating only hot, cooked food; 47.3% scanning the Thai Chana and Mor Chana QR codes when visiting public places; 46.1% learning how to work from home as well as in the office; and 45.1% making payments via apps to avoid physical contact.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (33)

Fewer Hong Kong students to study in US this year

HONG KONG: The number of Hong Kong students pursuing studies in the United States during the first seven months of this year has fallen by 30% compared with the same period in 2019, just before the city's Covid-19 outbreak, official data shows.

17:33

Ukraine schools battered by Russian onslaught in south

Just a handful of kilometres from the frontline, a shattered village school in the southern Mykolaiv region is a stark sign of the war damage inflicted by Russia on Ukrainian education.

17:05

2 dead, thousands without power after Typhoon Talas slams Japan

Thousands were without running water and power in central Japan on Sunday after Typhoon Talas dumped record rains on the region, triggering floods and landslides, and leaving at least two dead.

16:18