A new survey from Snap Inc. reveals how people in the UAE are staying informed about the COVID-19 outbreak, and what they are doing to stay in touch with family and friends during this time.
On the whole, more than four in five (87%) Snapchatters in the UAE feel better prepared to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 than they did a month ago. At the same time, people do appear mindful of avoiding misinformation about COVID-19.
The survey shows that 54% of the UAE public are turning to official government sources for information on the outbreak, more so than TV news sources (26%) or even family and friends (25%).
In addition to keeping well informed, many appear to be using the time spent at home for personal growth. More than half (61%) say they are looking after themselves through self-care activities, while 43% are taking online classes, 42% are working on physical fitness, and 41% are looking to learn a new skill.
People are finding ways to maintain their mental wellbeing even with the disruption of COVID-19. When asked what is helping them the most to keep calm during this time, more than half (57%) cite staying connected with family and friends, while 47% say playing video games and 23% say meditating or working out.
The importance of relationships is so valued that, when asked about any positive outcomes of the current situation, the most common response is spending quality time with family.
Hussein Freijeh, General Manager of Snap Inc., Middle East, noted: “While communities across the UAE are rightly practicing physical distancing in light of COVID-19, we all still have a real need for close personal relationships in our lives.
"By understanding how people are choosing to connect and express themselves, we can make it easier for them to share reliable information about COVID-19, and to have meaningful connections with their family, friends, and co-workers even when they’re far apart."