3 in 4 surveyed with COVID symptoms in the last one month confirm not undertaking the COVID test
- ● Finding indicates that the actual cases may be underreported by 300%
April 5, 2023, New Delhi: India recorded over 3,000 new COVID cases and 9 COVID deaths on April 3rd, after 3600 and 3,824 new cases in the days prior. This marks a nearly 450% rise in the last 4 weeks with several districts in Delhi and NCR cities having a test positivity rate ranging from 10% to 25%. This is when most are refraining from undertaking the COVID test and taking symptomatic treatment.
To get a sense of the magnitude of COVID cases, LocalCircles decided to conduct a national survey which reached out to over 11,000 citizens located in 303 districts of the country. 66% respondents were men while 34% respondents were women. 46% respondents were from tier 1, 32% from tier 2 and 22% respondents were from tier 3 & 4 districts.
Only 12% of respondents admitted to having taken a RT-PCR and another 12% having taken both RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Test
The survey asked respondents whether they or their immediate family members were undertaking a COVID test when having COVID symptoms. It asked them, “In the last one month when you or your immediate family members have had some symptoms like cold, cough, fever, fatigue, respiratory issues, etc., how did you undertake a COVID test?” The survey query received 11,449 responses with 76% of respondents admitting that they “did not take any COVID test despite the symptoms”. However, 12% admitted to having taken a RT-PCR and another 12% having taken both RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Test.
Feedback in community discussions indicates that most people aren’t considering taking the COVID test unless the individual experiencing them has co-morbidities or other conditions while the majority are just undertaking symptomatic treatment. It is noteworthy here that while the disease may be mildly symptomatic, repeated infections of COVID are known to be causing medium and long term health conditions making an individual more vulnerable with every infection. One of the advantages of timely testing is that the individual can take precautions and prevent the infection from spreading to others.
The survey received responses from 11,000 citizens located in 303 districts of the country. 66% respondents were men while 34% respondents were women. 46% respondents were from tier 1, 32% from tier 2 and 22% respondents were from tier 3 & 4 districts. The survey was conducted via LocalCircles platform and all participants were validated citizens who had to be registered with LocalCircles to participate in this survey.