By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
A recent survey conducted by Sweden’s Public Health Authority shows that the vast majority of the population has adapted their daily lives during the pandemic to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.
During the May-June period for the survey, almost nine out of ten (86-87 per cent) of these surveyed stated that they kept distance from others both indoors and outdoors. A large proportion also state that they avoid traveling by public transport and staying in places with many people. Furthermore, a majority (76 percent) state that they have the information they need about the authorities’ handling of the corona virus.
During the spring, just over a third of those who state that they have adapted to their everyday lives have worked from home, which has, among other things, reduced the pressure on public transport.
At the same time, the survey shows that the proportion of people who experience concerns about their own health decreases, from 36 percent week 17 to 30 percent week 25.
Swedish public health work is based on a strong tradition of volunteering with an emphasis on the individual’s responsibility. A clear example of this is the Swedish child vaccination program, where 97 percent of Swedish guardians choose to vaccinate their children as recommended.
The Public Health Authority recommends measures that help reduce the spread of infection. In order to gain knowledge of how these advice is understood and received and how people change their behavior, the authority, through questionnaires, has followed the population’s behavioral changes and experience of worry since covid-19 was classified as a pandemic.
The surveys were conducted in Novus’s randomly recruited Sweden panel aimed at persons aged 18-79. A total of seven studies have been carried out.
To date, Sweden has reported nearly 61,000 COVID-19 cases, including 5161 deaths.
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