#DistanceHandsMask – let’s stop coronavirus in Montenegro

UNICEF, the British Embassy Podgorica and Ipsos research agency are calling on all Montenegrin citizens to unite in observing the #DistanceHandsMask measures, thereby stopping the spreading of the coronavirus in Montenegro as soon as possible.

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UNICEF Montenegro
13 November 2020

PODGORICA, 6 November 2020 – UNICEF, the British Embassy Podgorica and Ipsos research agency are calling on all Montenegrin citizens to unite in observing the #DistanceHandsMask measures, thereby stopping the spreading of the coronavirus in Montenegro as soon as possible.

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The most recent public opinion poll conducted by Ipsos in mid-October, with support from UNICEF and the British Embassy Podgorica, shows that slightly more than two-fifths of the citizens (42%) are applying all three #DistanceHandsMask measures. Additionally, just over a quarter of citizens (28%) say they are washing their hands often, maintaining physical distance and wearing a mask indoors, but not outdoors.

The best thing we can do now is to observe the scientific recommendations, which means that we should all keep our physical distance and wear a mask. These are simple things that each of us can easily do, thus making a personal contribution to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in Montenegro. Let’s unite in observing the #DistanceHandsMask measures in order to save the lives of our parents, grandparents, friends, health workers and all citizens, as well as to help the Montenegrin economy.

Juan Santander, UNICEF Montenegro Representative

According to the survey conducted, the majority of Montenegrin citizens are applying various prevention measures against the spread of coronavirus, such as: more frequent hand washing (99%), talking to others at a distance of 1–3 metres (83%), avoiding handshakes (83%), wearing face masks indoors (81%), and avoiding household visits (80%). The lowest percentage of citizens are wearing gloves (21%), while slightly less than half of the citizens (47%) claim that they are avoiding contact with their loved ones. Every second citizen (51%) is wearing a face mask outdoors, as well as avoiding supermarkets, pharmacies and other places where people tend to gather in crowds (51%).

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UNICEF Montenegro

We know enough about this virus now to fight it more effectively, following the science. We know that the #DistanceHandsMask measures work, and this poll suggests that the majority of people in Montenegro agree. Development of a vaccine will give us another means to limit the spread of coronavirus, save lives and open up our economies again.

Karen Maddocks, British Ambassador to Montenegro

Just as at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis in March, almost all the citizens of Montenegro (95%) say they are informed about this topic, and the share of those who are worried that they personally, or people close to them, could become infected has increased from 56% in May to 81% in mid-October.

“Instead of worrying about whether we or our loved ones will get infected, let’s take the responsibility ourselves. Let’s observe the #DistanceHandsMask measures and thus reduce this risk that concerns us all.

Vladimir Raičević, Director of Ipsos research agency in Montenegro
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UNICEF Montenegro

Based on the survey results, more than a quarter of the citizens (28%) in Montenegro will probably receive the seasonal ‘flu’ vaccine in the coming period, while close to two-fifths of the citizens (38%) would receive the coronavirus vaccine if it were available. Three out of five citizens (27%) believe that a coronavirus vaccine or medication will be developed soon, while three out of four citizens (75%) believe that vaccines are among the best inventions in the field of medicine ever, thanks to which many communicable diseases have been eradicated.

The nationally representative sample for the survey included 825 citizens aged 18 and over. Data collection was conducted through a telephone survey, with a questionnaire that took an average of 10 minutes to complete, and was implemented in the period 17–20 October this year.

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