The Societal Impacts of Covid-19: A Transnational Perspective
Coronavirus in Turkey Effects on Daily Life and Change of Habits in SocietyDeniz Ülke Arıboğan, Tuğba Aydın Öztürk
We live in a world that has become increasingly interconnected and interdependent, and dealing with a pandemic in such an environment is extremely difficult. Systemic vulnerabilities and uncertainties pose a great danger to the ecosystem that we exist within. Turkey as a bridge country that connects continents, civilisations, economic zones and transportation routes carries a high risk of being infected by the global spread of a virus. Soon after the first case was diagnosed in Turkey, starting from April, general curfew was declared in major cities on the weekends and exclusively imposed for people under the age of 20 and over 65 every day for approximately three months. ‘Coronavirus in Everyday Life Survey’ was conducted among 3,000 people over 18 years old, between April 8 and April 12, aiming to understand how the Turkish society experienced this process, their reaction to the call to ‘stay home’, their daily life practices (such as sleep patterns, eating habits, and use of social media), and their positive and negative expectations of the near future. The study has prominent consequences for understanding and evaluating the public perception of the crisis in times of the pandemic in Turkey.