Social Consequences of Corona Virus (Covid-19) Outbreak in Pakistan: Public Opinion Evidence from Karachi

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Dr Sadia Shaikh
Muhammad Faisal Sultan
Dr Muhammad Asim


Corona Virus (COVID-19) is one of the most furious viruses and belongs to the family of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). After producing a drastic effect on China the disease has been spread all over the globe and killed around 87,000 people still than the disease is a bit different from other zoonoses and recently there is a debate regarding its acceptance is a global pandemic. Although its breakout is the point of severe tension for economies like Pakistan as it is producing drastic impacts on the economy as well as on social life. Therefore, provincial governments have taken several measures to control the virus, but residents are not paying due attention to the disease and its potential outcomes. Therefore, a study is required to understand the perception that way people are reluctant in taking required preventive measures and thus a public opinion based research is conducted from Karachi city to understand the viewpoint of the local public regarding the factors which resulted in the outbreak of COVID-19. Thus this study has been done specifically to understand the concept through public opinion and the sample size for the study was taken from Karachi city and the result indicated that COVID-19 is affecting social life although it is not perceived as pandemic which might affect people from different ages.

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