The poll asked how concerned the respondents were about the spread of coronavirus and included five options to choose from – very concerned, slightly concerned, neither concerned nor unconcerned, not very concerned, and not concerned.

Concern index is based on respondents who answered that they are very concerned about the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 concern declines in the first two weeks of October

The COVID-19 concern in October averaged at 35% declining for two months in a row from 41% in September and 45.6% in August. The concern during the first week of October averaged at 38.7% compared to 37.4% in the last week of September, as the number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths globally continued to decline.

The concern decreased further in the second week of October to 37.3% as the number of new cases declined by 7% to 2.8 million and the number of deaths declined by 10% to 46,000. All the regions reported a decline in the number of cases and deaths with the African region reporting the largest weekly decline of 32% and the Western Pacific Region reporting a decline of 26% between 04 October and 10 October.

Concern declines steadily in the third week, but rises in the fifth week

The health concern declined further to 34% as the number of new cases declined to 2.7 million between 11 and 17 October, while the number of deaths remained nearly unchanged compared to the previous week, at approximately 46,000, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). All regions reported a decline in cases and deaths except for Europe, which reported a 7% increase in the number of new cases from the previous week.

Covid-19 Health Concern Chart_October 2021

The COVID-19 concern reached the lowest levels of 32% since the start of the pandemic in the fourth week despite a slight increase in the new cases and deaths. The number of new cases and deaths increased by 4% and 5% from the previous week to 2.9 million and 49,000 respectively between 18 and 24 October. Europe continued to report an increase in new cases at 14%, followed by South-East Asia where cases increased by 13%. All other regions reported a lesser number of new cases.

The health concern rose to 35.1% in the last week of October as the increasing trend in new cases and deaths continued. The number of cases increased by 3% and deaths increased by 8% from the fourth week. The majority of the regions reported either a decrease or stable trend in new cases although Europe continued to report an increase.

The analysis is based on a total of 1,039 responses received from the readers of Verdict network sites between 01 and 31 October 2021.