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UAE residents more likely to wear mask compared to others: Study

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on June 24, 2020
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The study looked at the steps people have personally taken across the globe to control the spread of the virus.

UAE residents are more likely to wear a mask and use sanitiser than the people in Saudi Arabia to prevent the spread of Covid-19, according to YouGov study.

YouGov in partnership with the Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI) at Imperial College London conducted the study to find out the preventive measures taken by people in the UAE and Saudi Arabia to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Countries in the Middle East have started easing coronavirus restrictions, a decision that appears to be motivated by the desire to restart some economic activity amid the global health crisis, the study pointed out.

The study looked at the steps people have personally taken across the globe to control the spread of the virus.

Melanie Leis, Director of IGHI's Big Data and Analytical Unit, said: "During this time of crisis, openness and transparency are critical to enable timely, evidence-based responses by governments and health systems. By sharing our data, and the insights we learn from them, we hope this work can play an important role in countries' ongoing strategies to mitigate the impact of this pandemic."

Although the restrictions have been relaxed to some extent, precautionary measures - such as, wearing facemasks at all times when stepping outside home and availability of sanitisers at entry points within shops and malls have been made mandatory. 

An analysis across 23 markets between May 25 and 31 reveals that UAE residents are more likely to wear a facemask 'always or frequently' when outside their homes as compared to Saudi Arabia residents (93 per cent vs 78 per cent).

UAE residents more likely to wear mask compared to others: Study (KT24436624.PNG)

While large majorities in most of the surveyed countries admit to wearing facemasks when outside their homes, UK and Australia prove notable exceptions, with just 23 per cent in each country willing to do so. However, figures in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland are much lower.

Some of the main guidelines from the WHO to protect oneself and others from the virus are, 'regularly washing hands with soap' and 'using hand sanitisers'. Although the majority in UAE and Saudi Arabia are always or frequently washing hands (92 per cent and 90 per cent, respectively), the use of hand sanitisers appears to be more common among UAE residents than the public in Saudi Arabia (90 per cent vs 79 per cent).

UAE residents more likely to wear mask compared to others: Study (KT24434624.PNG)

At a global level, Mexicans (97 per cent), Italians (96 per cent), Spanish (95 per cent) and Filipinos (94 per cent) are the most likely to wash hands with soap and water, while the Chinese (67 per cent) are least likely to do so. Similarly, Mexicans are the most likely to always or frequently sanitise their hands, followed by UAE residents (90 per cent), Filipinos (88 per cent) and Thais (8 6per cent), while the Taiwanese people (47per cent) are least likely to do so.

Although certain businesses such as malls, restaurants and cafes have reopened in both UAE and Saudi Arabia, people still seem to be cautious and vast majorities in UAE and  Saudi Arabia (90 per cent and 89 per cent respectively) said they have 'always or frequently' avoided crowded places in the past week.

In addition to this, three-quarters in both the countries (75 per cent and 76 per cent, respectively) also avoid going out in general (always or frequently), the report added.


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