SURVEY: 52 percent of Kenyans think the risk posed by COVID-19 has been overstated

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,6TH APRIL,2020-A new Survey conducted by Infotrak  indicates that  52 percent of Kenyans think the risk posed by COVID-19 has been overstated, this being blamed on the existing knowledge gaps on the disease.

“Knowledge gaps still exist on Covid-19. Majority of Kenyans; 52% still think that the threat of Covid-19 is exaggerated,” states the report.

“While Kenyans seem to have high awareness on COVID 19 and how it can be contracted there are several issues that still need education and clarification from government.”

Some of the knowledge gaps cited in the report are that 48 percent of Kenyans think Covid-19 is just like a common Flu/cold whereas 35 percent of Kenyans think its better to take the family upcountry to protect them from Covid 19.

The report further shows that 20 percent of Kenyans still believe that black people/Africans can’t contract the coronavirus while 26 percent think young people and children can’t get coronavirus.

In addition, 30 percent of Kenyans believe that everyone who contracts the coronavirus dies while 25 percent think there is a cure for coronavirus.

It further shows that majority of Kenyans; 68%, want the government to declare a complete lockdown of the country to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while 32% are opposed to the shutdown.

According to the report, whereas a majority of Kenyans support a lockdown, most of them are not at all prepared for such an eventuality.

The survey indicates: 19 percent of Kenyans are ‘very well prepared’ 28 percent ‘prepared’, 17 percent ‘a little prepared’ and 35 percent ‘not at all prepared” for a lockdown.

The poll was conducted between March 30 and April 2, 2020 with a sample of 831 respondents from 24 out of the 47 counties being interviewed.

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