A survey carried out by YouGov and the Imperial College of London has concluded that Thai people are most likely to follow measures in preventing the spread of coronavirus over their close neighbors.
The survey is based on data collected from 12,999 adults over the age of 18 from six countries in the ASEAN region – Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam – and weighted to be nationally representative.
Participants were asked about various steps they have personally taken to help curb the spread of covid-19.
The first question asked about wearing face masks when going out in public. Despite it being compulsory to wear face masks in public spaces in Singapore, and there being strict penalties for a failure to wear face masks in the Philippines, Thailand came out on top with 95 percent of those surveyed saying they always or frequently wear face masks.
Vietnam was second with 94 percent saying they frequently or always wear face masks, while Singapore was bottom with just 66 percent saying they did the same.
When asked about the use of hand sanitizers, Thais again ranked top of the pile with 89 percent saying that they always or frequently use them.
Vietnam and the Philippines were joint-second with 86 percent, while Singapore and Indonesia scored lowest with just 68 and 66 percent saying they do the same, respectively.
In terms of social gatherings, another hot topic for preventing the spread of coronavirus, only 6 percent of Thais surveyed said that they never avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.
Malaysians, meanwhile, ranked highest in this category with 20 percent of participants saying that they never avoid gatherings. Singaporeans ranked best in this category with only 4 percent not avoiding groups of 10 people or more.
Despite the Thai general public showing that they follow preventative measures to stop the spread of covid-19 better than other nations in the region, the government is likely to extend the state of emergency in Thailand beyond May 31st.