Most people worried about monkeypox: poll

Most people worried about monkeypox: poll

Disease control staff clean up the room where the first monkeypox patient found in Phuket - a Nigerian man - was treated late last month before he fled to Cambodia. (Photo: Department of Disease Control)
Disease control staff clean up the room where the first monkeypox patient found in Phuket - a Nigerian man - was treated late last month before he fled to Cambodia. (Photo: Department of Disease Control)

Most people are worried by the discoveries of monkeypox cases in Thailand and most already have some knowledge of the virus, according to a survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted online on 1,095 people throughout the country from Aug 5-11.

Asked whether they were concerned by the discoveries of monkeypox cases in Thailand, 54,34% were fairly concerned; 27.21% not particularly concerned; 14.16% very concerned; and 4.29% not concerned at all.

Most of the respondents - 66.76% - said they knew a little about monkeypox, while 5.30% had detailed knowledge. On the other side, 24.29% knew very little about it and 3.65% knew nothing of the disease.

Asked which source of information about monkeypox seemed most reliable to them, 37.17% cited the Ministry of Public Health; 16.44% the Department of Medical Services; 14.25% social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and 9.22% mainstream media such as television, radio and newspapers.

Asked whether they were were more concerned about Covid-19 or monkeypox, 41.19% were equally concerned about the two diseases; 29.32% were more concerned about monkeypox; 24.38% were more concerned about Covid-19; and 5.11% were not concerned by either.


Asked whether they thought the government would be able to handle monkeypox, 46.58% said "yes", 29.22% said "no" and 24.20% were uncertain.

Asked what they wanted the government to do in response to monkeypox, with each respondent allowed to choose more than one answer, 81.55% wanted the government to keep feeding people with correct information; 60.82% said people should be advised how to protect themselves from the disease; 59.36% said the government must disclose all information about the disease without concealing anything; 58.45% said strict measures must be taken to screen and quarantine high-risk people from abroad; and 56.16% wanted the monkeypox vaccine to be made available.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (15)

Most institutional investors must pay stock tax, says govt spokesman

Most institutional investors in Thailand will not be exempted from a tax levied on stock transactions that will resume next year after more than three decades, authorities said.

12:32

Hazy days

The Pollution Control Department aims to reduce the number of heavily polluted days in metropolitan Bangkok and 17 northern provinces by 10% next year.

12:00

American passenger rescued after falling unconscious

CHIANG MAI: A 63-year-old American tourist was safely rescued after he fell unconscious and had no pulse while a plane made a landing at Chiang Mai International Airport on Friday.

11:10