Flu feared by twice as many Estonians as coronavirus

  • 2020-03-05
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Twice as many people fear catching the flu compared to those who fear contracting the novel coronavirus, it appears from a survey commissioned by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and carried out by pollster Norstat.

Respondents in the survey were inquired about the perceived threat of the novel coronavirus, and the results indicated that 46 percent deem the influenza more dangerous to themselves and their next of kin than the coronavirus. The latter was considered more dangerous than the flu by just 23 percent of the respondents. 31 percent had no opinion on the matter.

Participants in the poll were also asked if the anti-coronavirus measures taken by the Estonian state were sufficient in their opinion. 59 percent deemed the measures sufficient, 24 percent insufficient, and 17 percent did not have an opinion on this issue.

People were also asked whether or not they personally have made or plan to make any changes to their plans due to the coronavirus, to which 72 percent responded that they have not made or do not plan to make any changes. 23 percent either have changed their plans or intend to do so, and 5 percent did not have have an opinion regarding this question.

The flash poll by Norstat was carried out among 500 Estonian citizens aged 18 and over on Tuesday and Wednesday.

By Tuesday, two residents of Estonia had been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus that was first detected in China, and the state is in the process of applying a number of measures to combat the spread of the disease.