The study aimed at describing how people from middle social live during the outbreak. The methodology was online qualitative focus groups with male and female within each group. The outcome of the study revealed that there have been changes in attitudes among interviewed people especially protection rule; it should also be mentioned that finance and household projects have been affected. Expectations from governments have also been highlighted and important for the future.
Why was the research conducted?The study was conducted to understand in detail the impact on attitudes within households; check whether the rules prescribed were respected and what people overall think about the pandemic.
How was the research conducted?The methodology was online qualitative. 02 focus group discussion among male and female belonging to medium social class in Kinshasa.
What are the key findings of the research?1- Beliefs regarding Covid 19 existence are dual; those in high and medium social classes believe in it and try as much as they can to respect prevention rules, while those from low social class do not.
2- Life is overall affected by the pandemic, especially finance. Some lost their jobs, those still working have to increase their social charges as they have to support their relatives
3- The lockdown in Gombe (the administrative neighbourhood) is overall appreciated but its implementations is not as people can still move in and out of the locked area.
4- Expectations from government have increased as schools have closed; most are unconnected and children are at home. Internet connectivity is mandatory in schools for upcoming years.
5- Online shopping is smoothly growing within a local context.
Contributor's Name: Arlette Leumbou