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Risk and adopted measures perception during COVID-19 pandemic in the Czech Republic
Project IdSGS13_2021
Main solverMgr. Andrea Dalecká
Period1/2021 - 12/2021
ProviderSpecifický VŠ výzkum
AnotationThe unrestrained spread of COVID-19 and no vaccine availability have led to different approaches to public health protection in most developed countries. In addition to generally accepted measures, such as increased hand hygiene, respiratory protection and keeping a distance, the Czech Republic has adopted the strict restrictions in both waves of the pandemic. Health risk perception and the willingness to comply with restrictive measures are influenced by socio-economic and individual factors. A worry of unknown danger associated with its excessive communication in the media and social networks also stimulates the attitudes of the population in adopting the measures. These relations were studied in the first survey conducted by the research team in early April, which was attended by more than 9,000 Czech citizens. From these conclusions, the majority of the population fully or partially respected the measures, such as wearing a facemask in public (95%) or limiting social contacts to 2 people (88%). More than 70% of respondents also evaluated the adopted measures as adequate. However, there has been a second massive wave of the spread of the disease since September, which differs in its severity but also in the attitudes of the population. Although the Czech Republic is currently one of the most affected countries in the world, the perception of the measures has substantially changed. To clarify these assumptions, it is necessary to conduct a repeated questionnaire survey, which would contribute to understand and clarify the changes in attitudes and concerns in society. Therefore, the main task relates to monitor the development of risk perception, which may have been influenced on the one hand by the illness of oneself or relatives, and on the other hand by future economic concerns. A new ambition of the project will be the evaluation of economic impacts, as well as impacts on the quality of life associated with mental health or worsening lifestyle of population.