A research firm conducted an international survey of 11 countries with 15,500 respondents during March 21-23, 2020. Their goal was to understand the differing perceptions of global populations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. They asked a variety of questions including methods being employed to reduce the spread, rating of concerns, confidence in screening and testing and duration of the pandemic.
When the participants of 11 countries were asked in what timeframe they felt their life would get back to normal, 31% believed it would take 1-2 months to return to normal, 30% thought it would take 3-5 months and 20% believed it would take 6 months or more.
The most optimistic views were held by France (45%) and China (43%) believing they would be back to normal in 1-2 months. 29% of U.S. participants believed life would be back to normal in 1-2 months.
Australia had the most pessimistic outlook, with 49% believing it would take 6 months to get back to normal. In comparison, 23% of the U.S. respondents believed it would take 6 months to get back to normal life.
32% believe normalcy would occur in 3-5 months and 29% stated they believed things would be back to normal 1-2 months.
The obvious next questions to be researched are, “How will our life change as a result of the pandemic and what will be the “new normal”?
Schlesinger Quantitative, Schlesingergroup.com, April 1, 2020