Telephone survey shows high understanding of social distancing, support for lockdown -Sonalde Desai & Santanu Pramanik
-The Indian Express
When asked about how many people they had come in contact with outside the house over the preceding 24 hours, over 50 per cent responded that they had not come in contact with anyone.
With the nation in the midst of an extended lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the question of what to do next looms large. We are operating in a brave new world where modern governance has met an old-fashioned enemy. The Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 is believed to have killed more than 15 million Indians and COVID-19 is seen to be almost as virulent. At the same time, there are more weapons in our arsenal to deal with this enemy today than a century ago.
Worldwide, social distancing is seen as a way to reduce the spread of the disease until health systems are able to cope with it and a vaccine is developed. The challenge we face is between public health needs and the requirement to keep the wheels of the economy rolling. How has the lockdown affected the society? Should we continue it for a few more weeks? While there is no crystal ball to predict the future, a recently completed Delhi National Capital Region Coronavirus Telephone Survey (DCVTS) by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) offers interesting insights into the present. The NCAER National Data Innovation Centre has carried out the Delhi Metropolitan Area Study (DMAS) since February 2019. It has surveyed over 5,000 urban and rural households in Delhi as well as in the surrounding districts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan via in-person interviews. Between April 3 and April 6, 2020, about 1,750 households from this larger study were surveyed in a telephone interview about their understanding of symptoms and transmission of the novel coronavirus as well as their experience of the lockdown.
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Please click here to access the key findings of the First Round of Delhi National Capital Region Coronavirus Telephone Survey conducted by NCAER (released on 12th April, 2020).
The Indian Express, 20 April, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/coronavirus-india-covid-19-locjdown-ncaer-social-distancing-sonalde-desai-santanu-pramanik-6369957/