Dr. Priscilla Reddy, of the HSRC says they have done extensive studies among the general population, as well as among medical workers. Not just doctors and nurses, but everyone in the foreground fighting the virus.
“We have a whole range of studies that have targeted the entire community. In addition, we also have an ongoing social media study that we are working on. We have very serious partnerships with various stakeholders.”
She says it is their pleasure to announce their preliminary results of the poll, which they did between April 7 and 14.
“About 70% of the more than 19,000 participants were between the ages of 25 and 59. Of these, about 52% were women. And 36% were unemployed. Most participants (28%) came from Gauteng. other provinces. “
Between 95% and 97% of participants were aware of the precautions to be taken to protect themselves against the virus.
About 46% of SAs also considered themselves to be at low risk of the virus. One in five people believed they were at high risk of contracting the virus.
About 62% of people said they left their homes for food and medicine during the containment. However, most indicated that they complied with the regulations.
There was also a question about how many people came into contact with when they left their homes.
About 29% said they came into contact with ten or more people when they left their homes during the restriction. 15% also indicated that they used public transport if they wanted to go to the shops.
When asked about people’s experience with law enforcement agencies, the majority indicated that they had no experience with law enforcement.
About 15% indicated that they were treated very poorly or severely.
Reddy says clear guidelines and support should be given to people so they know how to act
She then gives her final speech. She says SA is currently in a moment of psychological crisis and that it is immediate. We have data that shows that there is solidarity and ubuntu at this time. SAs support each other. She also thanks all the participants in the poll.