What were the knowledge, concerns, and behaviours of Italy residents during the first week of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Bottom Line:

During the first week of the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy, people were well informed and had a stable level of worries that were positively associated with cognitive rigidity and emotional instability.

Reference:

Pagnini, F. et al. Knowledge, Concerns, and Behaviors of Individuals During the First Week of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic in Italy. JAMA Network Open (2020). https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.15821

Date Published:

24 July 2020

Synopsis:

A total of 3,109 Italian residents answered an online questionnaire to assess their knowledge and attitudes during the first week of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study found that most people expressed a good knowledge of COVID-19 and the recommended behaviours. Young people were more sensitive to social appraisal and more inclined to adopt preventive behaviours than older respondents. Geographic proximity and risk perception about contracting COVID-19 did not seem to be significantly associated with the quality of life. The study found that observing other people worried and exhibit irrational contagion-related behaviors (e.g. hoarding at a grocery store) was more associated with psychological well-being than were worries about the virus itself.

Summary by: Mike Ge