Thais take doctors, influencers, and social media as main sources of health information

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An opinion survey, by Thailand’s Suan Dusit Rajabhat University (Suan Dusit Poll) has found that doctors and medical personnel provide the most reliable information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The poll was conducted online from July 19th to 22nd on 1,691 people throughout the country, to gauge their opinions on the flow of information on COVID-19, with respondents allowed to choose more than one answer to each question.



Regarding sources of reliable information, 65.30% of respondents chose doctors and medical personnel. 59.75% cited academics, researchers, experts and influencers and 46.98% chose social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Referring to the most valuable information, 72.41% chose data concerning the efficacy and side-effects of vaccines against the coronavirus. 71.23% selected measures taken by the government in high-risk areas. 68.38% wanted the number and locations of available hospital beds. 62.49% cited methods of treatment and the results of studies and research on the virus and 61.25% said methods to identify symptoms of COVID-19.