A report by 20 African countries, including Zambia provides an insight into citizens attitudes towards public health, particularly, measures targeting COVID19 response.

The Responding to COVID19 in Africa Report, highlights the attitudes that people across Africa have towards the levels of perceived danger towards their health, the response of their governments to combat COVID19 and many more questions.

In the case of Zambia, over a thousand (1,035) adults aged 18 and above in Lusaka were interviewed. One of the biggest concerns was their perceived risk of contracting the disease. Most are worried about the diseases’ effect on their health with 44% of those who answered, saying they feared it could kill them or make them very sick.

The responses that Lusaka residents provided to the researchers is an indicator of the uneasiness that most people are living with in the new world order of facing a disease that is not clearly noticeable. A lot of this can be attributed to lack of information and understanding that most people have about the disease.

One such example, is when they were asked about the known cures or ways to prevent contracting the illness. Approximately half believe that COVID-19 could be prevented by drinking lemon and Vitamin C (54%) or that hot climate prevents the spread of the virus (49%). One in four also think it can be cured with garlic (25%) and sizeable minorities believe that Africans can’t get it (15%), or that drinking bleach cures it (9%).

The report was released by the Africa CDC, the World Health Organization, Ipsos, Vital Strategies’ Resolve to Save Lives initiative, the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, Novetta Mission Analytics and the World Economic Forum that provides African governments with real-time information.
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