Most Indians Have Someone in Their Close Social Network Testing Covid-19 Positive in Last 30 Days: Survey

With India recording 19,720 new Covid-19 cases and 442 deaths in the past 24 hours, a survey revealed that the spread of COVID in nearby social networks has doubled within a week. A survey by social media platform LocalCircles found that 50% of citizens now have one or more people in their close social network (family, friends, neighbors, colleagues) who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 30 days.

This percentage increased from 26% on January 3 to 50% on January 10, indicating a doubling of the spread of COVID in networks close to citizens within a week. Of the 50% who have been affected by the COVID virus 1 or more, 23% know that more than 5 individuals have tested positive for the virus in the past 30 days. The survey received more than 30,000 responses from citizens across 371 districts of India.

LocalCircles surveys in May 2020 or during the first wave of COVID-19 indicated that 7% of citizens had one or more individuals in their close social network who tested positive for COVID in the last 30 days. This percentage saw a significant increase during the first phase of the second wave in March 2021 to 51%.

With 1 in 6 already not being tested and going into quarantine and self-treatment, and new Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines encouraging healthy individuals with mild symptoms not to undergo RT-PCR, this number is likely to rise rapidly further. From underestimating the volume of daily issues in India.

50% have 1 or more people in their close social network who have tested positive for the virus

On January 10, the first question in the survey asked citizens, “How many individuals in your nearby social network (family, friends, neighbors, colleagues) who have tested positive for COVID in the last 30 days?”

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In response, 48% of citizens said they had “never seen anyone in the past 30 days” tested positive for COVID. Breaking down the survey, 9% said they knew “more than 10” individuals, 14% said “6-10,” 11% said “3-5,” and 16% said “1 or 2.” Only 2% can not say. In total, 50% of citizens now have one or more people in their close social network who have tested positive for COVID in the past 30 days. This question in the survey received 9,809 responses.

The rate of coverage penetration in nearby networks doubled within a week

A similar question when asked to citizens as on January 3 with 9,014 answers found that 26% of citizens had one or more people in their close social network who tested positive for COVID in the past 30 days. That percentage has now risen to 50%, indicating that the spread of COVID in nearby networks has doubled in a week.

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The high rate of spread of the virus in spreading and depth

The percentage of citizens who know more than 5 people in their close network who have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 30 days has increased from zero on January 3 to 23% on January 10. Moreover, the percentage of citizens who said they had no one in their close social network who tested positive in the last 30 days decreased from 69% to 48% during this period. This means that the spread of COVID among nearby citizen networks is rising in spread or width as well as depth.

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Citizens in large cities have also reported that many individuals in their networks are doing antigen tests at home rather than doing RT-PCR or not taking a test at all and then going into quarantine or self-treatment.

RT-PCR test was not performed

The second question asked citizens, “How many people in your close social network in the last 30 days, even though they developed COVID symptoms and did not take a COVID RT-PCR test and instead went to self-treatment/quarantine at home?”.

In response, 75% of citizens said they had “nobody in the past 30 days”.

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However, 1% of citizens said they knew “more than 10”, 4% knew “3-5”, and 10% knew “1-2” individuals. On an aggregate basis, 15% of citizens surveyed said they had one or more individuals in their close social network, including family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues, who despite having symptoms of COVID in the past 30 days had not been tested and had gone on self-medication Or quarantine at home. This survey question received 10,176 responses.

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