COVID-19: Community Insights from the Asia Pacific Region - Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Pakistan (September 2020)

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Date published
17 Sep 2020
Research, reports and studies
Comms, media & information, Data, COVID-19, Epidemics & pandemics, Host Communities, Research, policy and analysis
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Strategic response planning, Implementation & monitoring

 A major new survey in four Asian countries reveals nearly one in two people blame specific groups for spreading COVID-19.

The survey shows that people are blaming particular groups for spreading the coronavirus including foreigners, people attending religious ceremonies and people who are not following rules such as wearing masks or maintaining physical distance.

The snapshot of people’s attitudes in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Pakistan also reveals nearly four out of five people distrust social media, despite it being one of the leading sources of information about the virus.

The survey of 4,993 people was initiated by the Asia Pacific Risk Communication and Community Engagement Working Group to find out what people know about the virus and how it spreads, in order to enable stronger community-based response.