UNICEF poll: only a quarter of young respondents know how to act when encountering the first symptoms of coronavirus

27 March 2020

A UNICEF U-Report poll shows that a large number of young people do not know what to do if they experience COVID-like symptoms.

Only 22 per cent of respondents know that they need to call their family doctor or hospital, while 14 per cent of respondents think they need to go to health care facilities.

This reveals a need to increase the awareness of youth about how to protect themselves from coronavirus and which measures to be taken at the first sign of symptoms.

“As the world is fighting against the Covid-19 outbreak, young people around the world have been impacted by school closings and disruption. In a situation like this it is normal to feel sad, worried, confused, scared or angry. It is important to inform children and young people about healthy behaviour so they keep learning and stay positive in times of uncertainty,” said Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine.

Social networks are the most effective tools for communication with youth. Half of the respondents who answered the U-Report Youth poll questions anonymously said that social networks were their main sources of information about coronavirus.

More than half the survey respondents expressed concern about the public response to coronavirus detection, and reported being worried about the stigma associated with coronavirus patients. Twenty-six per cent of the respondents reported fear of possible psychological pressure, negative attitudes or aggressive behaviour towards those with coronavirus. Thirty-one per cent believed that people would react to current events with panic and fear.

In total, 6,836 respondents aged 14-34 participated in this poll. The poll was conducted on 13-15 March using online messengers (Facebook, Telegram and Viber).




U-Report - це проєкт, який реалізується в Україні ЮНІСЕФ у співпраці з Міністерством молоді та спорту та іншими партнерськими організаціями.

Це глобальний інструмент для участі молоді, який працює через безкоштовні СМС, та онлайн-месенджери (Telegram, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp та Viber). U-Report надсилає молодим людям, які долучились до нього, регулярні опитування щодо різних соціально важливих питань. Відповіді на опитування збираються у реальному часі, та аналізуються протягом одного тижня. Ці дані використовують для вчасного прийняття рішень, розробки політик і програм, вони дають можливість врахувати точку зору молодих людей у важливих для них питаннях.

В Україні до опитувань U-Report долучилось більше ніж 96,000 молодих людей, а у світі – майже 10 мільйонів. Дані, які збирає U-Report, допомагають у діяльності

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Chief of Communication
UNICEF in Ukraine


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