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Most people see COVID-19 as an economic crisis first, health risk second, survey finds

by Laura Oliver | Source: World Economic Forum

  • The economic impact of coronavirus is a rising strain across the world.

  • A new survey found respondents in Vietnam, China, India and Italy expect to take the greatest personal financial impact.

  • The perceived threat to health increases in proximity to hotspots.

  • Most people expect normal life to resume by June, despite trajectories showing otherwise.

The public sees coronavirus as a greater threat to the economy than to their health, new research suggests. Economic rescue measures announced by governments do not appear to be calming concern.

The Ipsos poll of 10,000 adults in 12 countries, conducted 12-14 March, suggests rising anxiety about personal financial exposure, including employment. The perception of threat to health increases with proximity to hotspots, despite social distancing measures and travel bans in place across large areas of the world.

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