Friday, January 08, 2021

59% of Spanish believe stricter measures should have been taken against pandemic

The latest CIS survey on COVID-19 also reveals that 27% have suffered the loss of someone they know

59.2% of Spaniards consider that the Spanish Government and the Governments of the autonomous communities should have taken stricter measures in the face of the risks of the pandemic, while only 2.1% believe that there should be no measures to limit freedoms.

This is reflected in the latest survey by the Center for Sociological Research (CIS) on the consequences of COVID-19, which indicates that a majority of Spaniards are committed to stricter control measures.

Another percentage of 25.8% of those surveyed considers that the restrictions applied were and are adequate, while 4.7% admit that they do not have enough information.

27% of the population has suffered the loss of someone they know

The latest survey, in which 2,084 people were surveyed, carried out between December 11 and 16, also indicates that 27% of the population has suffered the loss of someone they know due to coronavirus, while 8.6% have lost a friend and a 7.3% a family member.

The CIS also asked about people who have been affected by COVID-19 and up to 75.9% claim to have an acquaintance who has suffered from it, while 47.4% have a friend, 33.7% a relative and up to 6.7% indicate having had the disease themselves. While 66% have not had affected relatives, 52% claim they have had no friends and 24% no acquaintances with coronavirus.

The coronavirus situation that is being experienced in Spain and in other places worries 49.3% a lot, quite a lot at 42.7%, while nothing or almost nothing at 2.2%. Likewise, 43.1% affirm that their life has been greatly affected or quite affected, while 23.7% indicate that it has been little affected.

Regarding the citizens who have been affected, 45.2% have indicated the main change is that of their relationships and way of living, followed by work aspects (41.2%), emotional aspects (37.2%) and in health matters (29.2%).

The pandemic has changed the way of life for 75.3%

The pandemic has changed social habits and behavior a lot or quite a lot for 79% of the population; the way of life for 75.3%; the way of taking care of health for 56.4% and the way of thinking has changed a lot or enough with this health crisis for 50.9 percent. It is striking that up to 20 percent say the current situation has not made them change or has barely modified their way of caring for their health.

Regarding the main aspects that have changed in the way of living, the main responses are the reduction or limitation of social relationships or social activities or social life and the limitation or reduction of outings (activities, walks, leisure, trips).

Regarding the way of thinking, the affected population especially has realized the fragility of life, living the moment, the present, and, on the other hand, to value other things in their life, such as what they have, what is important, family or health.

Among the people for whom the pandemic has changed their way of caring for their health, most have included hygiene measures (waring a mask, cleaning, ventilation) against the virus in their routines; followed by a change in habits and greater care in eating and exercise; Furthermore, they point out that they take more precautions out of concern for health and fear of contagion.

99% of citizens use a mask

The survey also reveals that 99.2% of citizens use a mask regularly as a measure of protection against the pandemic and almost 20% need nine or more masks throughout the week. In addition, 15.5% need seven masks weekly, 14.3%, three and 10.8%, four, while 6.3% always use the same one, which is not disposable. 20.3% use them between one and two hours of the day, 13.8% between two and three hours and 10.3% between three and four hours, while 8.3% does so for more than ten hours, in public places.

On the other hand, almost all of the respondents, 94.2% use hydroalcoholic gel to disinfect their hands. 63.4% does so when entering or leaving a restaurant or bar, 42.6% always or almost always, 37.6% each time an object is touched and 37.3% when arriving and leaving the house.

More than half doubt they will return to normal life with vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines were also asked about in the survey. 47.6% of Spaniards consider that their administration will allow citizens to do everything they did before, while almost 52% doubt or affirm that for the moment and even definitely, no.

For 47, 6% of those interviewed, when Spain has one or more vaccines against the coronavirus, people will once again be able to lead a life as before the pandemic, while 25.1% say that "not for now", a 9.7% "definitely not" and 17.1% of Spaniards doubt it.

Among the people who believe that they will not be able to live the life before the health crisis, there are those who believe that it will take time for normality to return and to see the effects (29.9%); and 21.9% do not trust the vaccine, the speed with which it has been manufactured and doubt its effectiveness.

When asked, if there is a shortage of respirators, vaccines, medicines or other remedies for COVID-19, who would they decide to provide them to, 29.6% said that the young people, with more life ahead, while 26.2% to the sickest and most at risk of dying and 9.6% to the oldest for being more vulnerable.

Un 59% de españoles cree que habría que haber tomado medidas más estrictas ante los riesgos de la pandemia