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Infectious fear of COVID-19

Australians over-estimate how likely it is that they will be infected by COVID-19. A third think it is likely or very likely while the rate of cases in the population is under one in ten. The expectation of getting the virus has fallen from April 2020.

34 %

A third of adults surveyed for the ANU Pollthink is it likely or very likely they will be infected with COVID-19 in the next six months.

5.5 %

The expected likelihood of infection has fallen from 40% in April although it is higher than the 32% recorded in May 2020.

10 %

While a third of people think they are likely to be infected, only one in ten actually are.

36 %

Expectation of infection is slightly higher among females (36%) than males (34%).

Per cent of Australians who Think it Likely or Very Likely They will be Infected by COVID-19 in Next 6 months, by sex and age
What do you think is the likelihood of you being infected by COVID 19 in the next 6 months? 1. Very likely 2. Somewhat likely 3. Not very likely 4. Not at all likely
Sources & Methodology
Variable description % who responded 'Very likely' or 'Somewhat likely', by sex and age
Variable time span May 2020 - August 2020
Published by ANU Poll
Publisher Link https://csrm.cass.anu.edu.au/research/publications/tracking-outcomes-during-covid-19-pandemic-august-2020-divergence-within
Data Source 10.26193/ZFGFNE
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