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Published: 9 April 2020 , [Missing text '/pagetypes/nescardpage/atFull' for 'English'] 16:49

Almost the entire population has changed their behaviour due to the coronavirus pandemic

The research company Kantar Sifo has been tasked with examining which changes Swedes have made to reduce the risk of being infected by the coronavirus or infecting someone else. Among other things, the results show that almost the entire population has changed their behaviour as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The survey began on 21 March 2020 and the latest measurement period was between 2-6 April 2020. The survey has, inter alia, looked at concerns, thoughts on the likelihood of falling ill, and behaviour.

The cause for concern that most respondents agreed with to a large extent was that many businesses may experience major financial problems (89 percent), that unemployment will rise (88 percent), and that the social welfare system will not withstand the effects of the spread of COVID-19 (73 percent).

More and more people are careful about hygiene

A full 98 percent of the general public has made some change to their behaviour in order to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. The age group 65-79 is, in relation to other age groups, overrepresented, as more people in this group has changed their behaviour with respect to the behaviours examined than younger age groups. Women have changed their behaviour to a greater extent than men.

The main changes follow approximately the same pattern as the previous measurement: washing your hands more frequently and more thoroughly, avoiding shaking hands, and keeping up with the news more than usual.

The behavioural changes that have increased the most since the previous measurement is frequently washing your hands and using hand sanitizer/equivalent, avoiding kissing and hugging, not inviting people over, limiting travel both privately and professionally, and shopping less in physical stores and more online.

Stockholm residents most concerned about healthcare capacity

More residents in the Stockholm area than in other areas are concerned about healthcare services not having the capacity to take care of them or their family members when someone falls ill (71 percent).

More residents in the Gothenburg area than in other parts of the country are concerned about socialising less in the community (58 percent).

Around 50 percent of respondents, slightly more women than men, believe it is likely they will become infected themselves. Also, more younger individuals, primarily in the age group 18-29, believe in the likelihood of being infected (66 percent), while those in the age group 56-79 do not find it as likely (32 percent).

63 percent of respondents think that the measures carried out to limit the spread of infection in Sweden are well-balanced between public health and the economy.

67 percent have a positive or very positive outlook with respect to the future.

Link: Download the statistics in their entirety (in Swedish)

Published: 9 April 2020 , [Missing text '/pagetypes/nescardpage/atFull' for 'English'] 16:49

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