Health Seeking Behavior and Experience of the Lockdown among the Indian Urban Middle Class in Early Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Survey across Ten Cities
This is a study of the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken in response to it among the Indian urban middle class. This is the section of the population where the pandemic was majorly located during the initial months of its spread in India. Online data was collected across ten cities covering all the regions of the country, with a total sample of eleven hundred and thirty-eight (1138) households during the month of May and first week of June 2020.
Since the pandemic actually became a public entity in March 2020, the survey captured the urban middle class' experience of the initial 3-4 months when the cases and deaths were clearly increasing and there was no certainty about the scale and timing of the peak. A complete lockdown was imposed on 24th March and extended, in calibrated form, till the 31st May. The survey was thus conducted after over a month's experience of the lockdown and in the weeks immediately following the start of Unlock 1.0. Thereby it reflects on the severest lockdown period and its impact on the middle class of various cities.