Risk perception of COVID-19 among Portuguese healthcare professionals and the general population

  • D. Peres
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    Corresponding author. Address: Comissão de Controlo de Infeção e Resistência aos Antimicrobianos, Unidade Local de Matosinhos, Rua Dr Eduardo Torres, s/n 4464-513, Senhora da Hora, Portugal. Tel.: +35 19 1007 7783.
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    Public Health Unit, Healthcare Community Center of Porto IV, Póvoa de Varzim/ Vila do Conde, Vila do Conde, Portugal

    Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Control Unit, Matosinhos Local Health Unit, Matosinhos, Portugal
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  • J. Monteiro
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    Public Health Unit, Healthcare Community Center of Porto IV, Póvoa de Varzim/ Vila do Conde, Vila do Conde, Portugal
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  • M.A. Almeida
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    Public Health Unit, Healthcare Community Center of Porto IV, Póvoa de Varzim/ Vila do Conde, Vila do Conde, Portugal
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  • R. Ladeira
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    Public Health Unit, Healthcare Community Center of Porto IV, Póvoa de Varzim/ Vila do Conde, Vila do Conde, Portugal
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      Summary

      Risk perception assessment of COVID-19 among Portuguese Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) and the general population (GPop) was evaluated in a snowball sample of 3403 individuals, 54.9% of HCPs believed there was a high probability of becoming infected, in contrast with 24.0% of the GPop (P<0.001) and, in more than a quarter, that this could happen to their family. Regarding prophylactic isolation, more than 70% agreed with its effectiveness. A large proportion perceived that health services were poorly prepared (50.1% GPop vs 63.5% HCPs, P<0.001). Regarding health authorities' communication, about 60% were “moderately” satisfied. The opinion that the pandemic could be controlled in 3–6 months was held by 46.7% of the GPop and 52.8% HCPs (P=0.01).

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