One in Six Pakistanis believe they are safe from COVID-19 even without taking preventive measures: study
Joint study conducted by the Aga Khan University (AKU) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong has found that that one in six Pakistani adults or 17% believe that they are safe from the coronavirus even if they don’t take any preventive measures.
Research which surveyed 1,406 adults in Pakistan over the first two weeks of May compared the results of its study with a similar study in Hong Kong. Hong Kong, which has recorded just 2,770 cases and 22 deaths in six months, is widely regarded as a COVID-19 containment success story.
In contrast, data collected in May showed Pakistan’s rate of infections per 100,000 people at 137 against Hong Kong’s 33, while Pakistan’s fatality rate per 100,000 was also three times higher at 21 despite imposing wide-ranging lockdowns across the country.
According to researchers from AKU’s Department of Community Health Sciences, Pakistanis were less concerned about complications from coronavirus and believed that they were more likely to survive the virus than those surveyed in Hong Kong. Only 41% of Pakistanis rated coronavirus symptoms as being very severe as compared to 97% of respondents in Hong Kong.
When asked about their chances of surviving the disease, nearly seven out of 10 Pakistanis or 68% believed they had a high or very high chance against just 36% of respondents from Hong Kong.