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52% of Kenyans think Covid-19 threat has been Exaggerated


A new survey now shows that 52% of Kenyans still believe that the threat posed by the novel Covid-19   has been exaggerated.

This is according to the poll conducted by research and consulting firm Infotrak.

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

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 it’s 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.

The poll also shows that a huge number of Kenyans want the government to declare a total nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the disease.

According to the report, whereas a majority of Kenyans support a lockdown, most of them are not at all prepared for such an eventuality and only 19% are well prepared.

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.