Tracking how people’s lives are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can enable policymakers to better understand the situation in their countries and make data-driven policy decisions. To respond to this need, IPA has developed the RECOVR survey—a panel survey that will facilitate comparisons, document real-time trends of policy concern, and inform decision-makers about the communities that are hardest-hit by the economic toll of the pandemic. In Mexico, the survey is focused on Greater Mexico City and includes additional questions about employment and challenges with returning to work, as well as policing and insecurity.
- More than 40% of respondents report that they perceive their household to be at risk of contracting COVID-19. For those who do not feel at risk, 70% of respondents report following preventive measures.
- More than 50% of employed individuals have been paid less (earned less) than in a typical week before schools closed.
- More than 30% of respondents say they have exhausted their savings to cover essential expenses since February 2020.
- More than 60% of respondents indicate that they cannot afford the amount of food they used to buy before the pandemic because household income has decreased or because the price of food is now too high.
- More than 90% of respondents say that primary and secondary school-age children in their household have continued educational activities from home.
- 45% of respondents perceive that insecurity in their neighborhoods has increased since the beginning of the pandemic.