Living in the age of COVID-19 (Part 3)

As you already know, if you follow our articles and professional activity, in the last weeks we presented a series of questions from a study conducted by the DataDiggers team.


This is the third week, by the way, the last one, with which we will end this study here. If you want to view it in full, it can be found on our website.


If you are new here, we will give you a brief introduction to our study during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During May 22nd and June 9th, we ran the fieldwork for our research, LIVING IN THE AGE OF COVID-19.

The study was run in Romania, Greece, Hungary and Czech Republic.


The survey took 8 minutes to complete and our respondents were females and males between 18-65 years old. We archived 800 completed surveys in every country, following the national representative profile, with a sampling error of ±3.46%. We applied quotas on age, gender and region and the sample has been weighted to ensure accordance with every country's specificity. Weighting efficiency was above 80%.


The first results we will present focus on the financial and professional effects of the virus and the extent to which people have been affected by it, and the last results will be related to the activities that people will want to resume once the restrictions (from the interviewed countries) will end, as well as holiday plans.


Here are some interesting insights and findings about our study, without any further ado:

· Thinking about you personally, to what extent do you think that the current situation (COVID-19 pandemic) could endanger your job in the next year?

Please indicate this on a scale from 1 - To a very small extent to 7 - To a large extent.

- 1 of 4 respondents feel to a large and very large extent that their job could be endangered in the next year by the evolution of the pandemic.

- Compared to the other countries analyzed, Greek respondents see the risk of having their jobs affected in the next year in a significantly higher percentage; almost 1 or 3 respondents mentioning that they consider to a large and very large extent that their job might be endangered by the pandemic.

- Romanian respondents have similar beliefs.

- Stronger economy countries (Czech Republic and Hungary) have a slightly different perception here, although not completely denying the risk.

· Please indicate to what extent the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you financially (received revenue),

- 1 of 3 persons declared that the crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic has financially affected them to "a large and very large extent".

- Country comparison shows that among the analyzed countries, Czech Republic respondents indicated into a significantly higher proportion that they were financially affected by the crisis "to a small and very small extent "or "not affected at all", at 71%.

· Which of the following activities will you do once the isolation restrictions are lifted?

- Visiting family and going out to restaurant/bar/terrace were the most expected activities to be done after the restrictions lift. For most of the countries though, the second one was not realistically possible, as the restrictions related to restaurant/bar/ terrace will still be kept.

- The expectations regarding things to do after the restrictions are lifted were quite different, depending on the culture. For instance, while 50% of the respondents living in Czech Republic and Greece were keen to "go to a restaurant/bar/terrace", respondents from Romania and Hungary indicated "going to shopping" as a more expected activity.

- The answers on this question need to be correlated with the country’s specific limitations imposed by each Government for their own citizens.

· Regarding your holiday plans for this year, in the context of the current situation, which of the following options do you think suits you best?

- Speaking of this year's vacation, 55% of respondents declared they are considering to go somewhere nearby/in the country.

- Only 6% of respondents plan to travel aboard this year, for vacation purpose.

- 3 out of 4 Czech respondents, a significantly higher number compared to the other countries analyzed, mentioned they are considering to "go on vacation somewhere nearby/ in the country". On the other side, half of Hungary respondents take into account "not going on a vacation this year".

And with that being said, the detailed analysis of our study is over. We are very pleased with the results and happy that we were able to contact so many people to hear their views.

Although some time has passed since we organized this research, the pandemic is still present in our lives. However, we hope that everyone is safe, takes the necessary measures and continues to protect themselves.

Prevention is the most important, whether we are talking about health, work, or daily activities.

Thanks again to all those who helped us to carry out this study!

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