Poll: Many Czechs try to limit their news about Covid-19

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More than half of Czechs deliberately limit the amount of information they receive about coronavirus, but nevertheless, according to a November survey by the Center for Public Opinion Research (CVVM), there is still considerable interest in what is happening around the epidemic.
Three-fifths of people receive coronavirus news daily through television, radio broadcasts, and printed newspapers or magazines. Almost half of the public read about it on Internet news outlets, blogs, discussion forums, and social networks.
Getting coronavirus news via radio, television, or print newspapers or magazines was most common with people over the age of 65, with more than three-quarters of them receiving it at least once a day.
“As the age decreases, the frequency of monitoring of this event through the above-mentioned media also decreases, and in the youngest age category of 18 to 24 years, daily monitoring does not exceed three-tenths of the population,” the authors of the survey said.
Age also plays a role in monitoring coronavirus news on Internet servers, blogs, discussion forums, and social networks.
However, according to CVVM, daily follow-up is more evenly distributed across age groups, does not decrease with age, and oscillates around half of the population.
“The turning point occurs in the oldest age group of people older than 65 years, where daily monitoring is reported by approximately one-fifth,” said CVVM.
People are most satisfied with the amount of information they receive about how to protect themselves from infection. Three-fifths of respondents consider this information is adequate, about a tenth think that information is scarce, and more than a quarter said that there is too much information.
Only two-fifths of the population consider reporting on the current incidence and spread of coronavirus to be adequate. A similar proportion of respondents think that the restrictions introduced by the Czech government in connection with the spread of coronavirus in the Czech Republic are adequately covered by the media.
The survey was conducted from Oct. 30 to Nov. 19 and involved 1,000 respondents in the Czech Republic older than 18 years of age.
Title image: A member of the artistic group Cirk La Putyka performs on a accordion to entertain residents as the movement remains restricted in affords to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus called COVID-19 in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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