New survey shows how Aussies are coping with the coronavirus outbreak and why the country may have been so successful in containing infections

New survey shows how Aussies are coping with the coronavirus outbreak and why the country may have been so successful in containing infections, by Charis Chang.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released its first survey today looking at the household impacts of COVID-19. It collected information from 1059 people via telephone between March 31 and April 6.

According to the survey, a staggering 98 per cent of Australians said they had been practising social distancing.

If this is accurate, it may explain Australia’s extraordinary success in containing the virus.

Earlier modelling suggested at least 80 per cent of people would need to quarantine themselves to have any impact on reducing new infections.

If 90 per cent quarantined themselves, cases were predicted to fall to about 10 cases a day within three months. …

The survey also found about 88 per cent of those surveyed were avoiding public spaces and public events, and about 87 per cent had cancelled personal gatherings.

About 87 per cent reported washing their hands and/or using sanitiser more than usual over the previous four weeks, while 13 per cent reported washing their hands and/or using sanitiser about the same as usual. …

Australians who said they had a paid job dropped by 3 per cent from 66 per cent in early March, to 63 per cent in early April.