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Third Covid-19 wave more severe: poll


The third Covid-19 wave is the most severe in Thailand, according to the majority of respondents, Suan Dusit Poll said on Sunday. The online survey on "Thais and the third Covid-19 wave" was conducted between April 16 and 22 on 2,082 respondents nationwide.

Response to key poll questions:

▪︎ Views on the third Covid-19 wave (multiple choice):

- 74.29 per cent said the virus spread quickly

- 67.56 per cent said they had sympathy for medical staff who worked hard

- 67.28 per cent said they were afraid that the government would not able to tackle the situation

- 63.58 per cent said everyone must take care of themselves, such as by staying at home and washing hands regularly

- 62.76 per cent said they were worried about the safety of family members.

▪︎ Uncertainty over the third Covid-19 wave compared to the previous waves:

- 68.40 per cent said this wave was more worrisome than the previous ones

- 19.60 per cent said this wave was as worrisome as the previous ones

- 12.00 per cent said this wave was less worrisome than the previous

▪︎ Opinion on the severity of three Covid-19 waves in Thailand:

- 70.51 per cent said the third wave was the most severe

- 23.34 per cent said all three waves were equally severe

- 4.47 per cent said the first wave was the most severe

- 1.68 per cent said the second wave was the most severe

▪︎ Ways of preventing themselves from getting infected in the third wave (multiple choice):

- 83.90 per cent said wearing face mask and washing hands regularly

- 79.72 per cent said avoid going to risky or crowded places

- 76.50 per cent said following social distancing

- 71.60 per cent said avoid going outdoors

- 65.93 per cent said following the Public Health Ministry's guidelines

▪︎ Could the government tackle the third Covid-19 wave?

- 39.19 per cent said the government could

- 35.73 per cent said they were not sure

- 25.08 per cent said the government could not

▪︎ How long will it take to control the third wave:

- 50.58 per cent said more than three months

- 22.19 per cent said three months

- 17.82 per cent said two months

- 9.41 per cent said a month

▪︎ Will there be a fourth wave in Thailand?

- 58.89 per cent expected a fourth wave

- 37.61 per cent said they were not sure

- 3.50 per cent said no.

Pornphan Buathong, an analyst at Suan Dusit Poll, advised the government to conduct proactive testing and administer vaccines as soon as possible.

"The fourth wave would emerge in Thailand if the government delays tackling this problem," she said.

Published : April 25, 2021

By : The Nation