Prevalence of COVID-19 Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Health Behaviours in Host and Refugee Communities in Cox’s Bazar: a Representative Panel Study

Prevalence of COVID-19 Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Health Behaviours in Host and Refugee Communities in Cox’s Bazar: a Representative Panel Study

The Cox's Bazar Panel Survey repurposed some J-PAL GCCI grant funds to implement a quick COVID-19 related survey. The study is on the prevalence of COVID-19 symptoms, risk factors, and health behaviours in host and refugee communities in Cox’s Bazar. 24.6% of camp residents and 13.4% of those in host communities report at least one common symptom of COVID-19. While most respondents reported good respiratory hygiene, between 76.7% (camps) and 52.2% (host community) had attended a communal prayer in the previous week. Another 47.4% (camps) 34.4% (host community had attended a non-religious social gathering. The presence of returning migrants, respondent mobility and food insecurity strongly predict COVID-19 symptoms.

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