Living in the Age of COVID-19

Our research, Living in the Age of COVID-19, was run in four countries from the European Union (Romania, Greece, Hungary and Czech Republic) and it involved a series of questions about the Covid-19 pandemic and how it affected them.

Why was the research conducted?

On 31st December 2019 we heard about the first cases of a ‘viral pneumonia’ in Wuhan, China. Advancing in 2020, The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. But even before being declared a pandemic many countries all over the world had started confirming cases,
with Italy being hit the hardest in Europe.

In Romania we first saw a confirmed case on 26 February 2020, in Gorj County, while the first case in Greece was confirmed on the same day, when a 38-year-old woman from Thessaloniki who had recently visited Northern Italy, was confirmed to be infected. In the Czech Republic the first three confirmed cases were reported on 1 March 2020, while on March 4, 2020, the first cases were announced in Hungary.

During less than a week many countries from Central, Southern and Eastern Europe appeared for the first time on the Covid-19 pandemic map.

We understood that this was going to have huge repercussions on all our lives, from minor things, like going to work or shopping, to bigger things, like organizing weddings, planning to buy a new house or having a child. The lockdowns imposed by most governments around the world made the realisation sink in faster than we first thought.

We knew how every one of us was dealing with the new normal, we were discussing the developments, how everything felt for our families, but we were wondering what everyone else was thinking. In the same time, we started seeing the results of many studies conducted in Romania, but nothing that would give us a bigger picture, make us understand what is locally applicable, for our country only, and what is applicable and true for the entire region.

With that in mind and knowing we have many strong proprietary panels we can count on, we decided to create a research project where we would be able to compare the results on a multi-country level. We choose to target people from Romania, Greece, Hungary and the Czech Republic and run our data collection between May 22nd and June 9th, 2020, the period right after the first relaxation measures were implemented in Romania.

How was the research conducted?

The study was run in Romania, Greece, Hungary and Czech Republic.
The fieldwork for our research, LIVING IN THE AGE OF COVID-19, was run during May 22nd and June 9th.
The survey took 8 minutes to complete and our respondents were females and males between 18-65 years old.
We archived 800 completed surveys in every country, following the national representative profile, with a sampling error of ±3.46%.
We applied quotas on age, gender and region and the sample has been weighted to ensure accordance with every country's specificity.
Weighting efficiency was above 80%.

What are the key findings of the research?

All the insights and findings that our research revealed, many interesting ones, can be observed inside the research presentation.

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Contributor's Name: Catalin Antonescu