Perception of Nigerians on the COVID-19 Pandemic

on 24/04/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unprecedented challenges for us all, from its effects on our everyday lives to its impacts on the world’s economies. Beyond the tragic health hazards and human consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic uncertainties, and disruptions that have resulted come at a significant cost to the global economy with respect to the demographic, social, and economic implications on the Nigerian population which made Qualiquant Services Limited conduct a short survey to understand Nigerian's perception of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why was the research conducted?

In the face of an unprecedented health crisis and widespread of the COVID-19, we believe it is expedient to understand people’s perception and belief towards the pandemic outbreak and the way it affects their day to day activity.

How was the research conducted?

Data was collected via google form for quantitative analysis. Respondents were prompted with a series of questions related to their thoughts and feelings about how COVID-19 is impacting their lives and their perception towards the pandemic. This data was then curated and analyzed using STATA 14 by a team of highly trained quantitative analysts. We recruited n=75 respondents across the six geo-political zones of the country.

What are the key findings of the research?

Findings from the survey show that :
  • 96% of respondents were scared of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 41% of respondents said they might lose their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 56% of the respondents said they could contract the COVID-19 via cash exchange.
  • 83% of the respondents believe the Nigerian health care system is not capable of handling the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 82% of respondents said they were involved in panic buying due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Death, No Vaccine, food scarcity, and loss of job were the greatest fear of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Predicted outcomes of COVID-19 on Nigerians include Low standard of living, inadequate health assurance, traveling and movement constraints and school closure.

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Contributor's Name: IPOOLA AKINDAMOLA