We are conducting phone interviews in India to assess the health and socioeconomic effects of COVID-19 on LASI-DAD households.
With this survey, we strive to measure individual respondent's perceptions, attitudes, and behavioral reactions related to the pandemic. The survey targets one randomly selected adult male and one randomly selected adult female from each household. The survey takes about 15 minutes to administer and will be conducted via phone call every two months starting from May 2020. As we plan to re-interview the same respondents over a one-year time period, we will monitor the course of the pandemic carefully and adapt the instrument, as needed, to ensure that it is filling high-priority knowledge gaps. To ensure national representation and high-quality data collection, the instrument and consent are translated into 12 languages: Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarati, Tamil, Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Assamese, Odiya, Marathi, and Telugu. All interviews are conducted in the respondent's local language to ensure respondent comprehension and comfort. With this nationally representative sample, we strive to monitor the nationwide prevalence of COVID-19 symptoms, adoption of disease avoidance behaviors, rates of economic hardships and job loss, receipt of social protection benefits, food security, and the mental health of households.