Drawing on data from two rounds of COVID-19 knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) telephone surveys conducted in Bihar, India, this research brief sheds light on the socioeconomic differentials and changes over time in the adoption of COVID-19 preventive measures. Though the adoption of preventive measures has increased, around two-fifths of males and one-quarter of females reported that they were currently practicing all four standard preventive measures. The better educated, wealthier, and those belonging to privileged castes were more likely than others to practice these measures, as were those who perceived moderate or high risk of COVID-19 in their neighborhood. Social and behavior change communication activities that enable communities to act upon their awareness of COVID-19 preventive measures are essential and such activities need to pay special attention to more vulnerable sections of society.
UNICEF and Population Council Institute. 2020. "Are more people adopting COVID-19 prevention measures?" COVID-19 Research Results Brief #2. New Delhi: UNICEF and Population Council Institute.
Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic; Understanding the Lives of Adolescents and Young Adults (UDAYA)