KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND PRACTICES OF COVID-19 PREVENTION MEASURES

This section presents the main results of the study, reflecting the degree of awareness of the symptoms of coronavirus infection and attitude to it.

KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND PRACTICES OF COVID-19 PREVENTION MEASURES

Note. This section uses the results of two waves of study: April (27-29.04.2020), May (14-18.05.2020). More details on the research methodology can be found here: https://www.unicef.by/en/methodology/. Most parents are aware of the symptoms of the coronavirus infection. In May (the second wave of the study), fever, dry cough and pains in the joints were mentioned less often compared to the main symptom of coronavirus, and loss of smell was mentioned much more often. Moms, on average, name more correct symptoms of COVID-19 than dads (4.89 and 4.32 out of 14, respectively).
Parents continue to follow precautions from COVID-19 infection. Compared with the results of the first wave of the study, parents began to wear masks in public places more often, but didn’t avoid visiting them. Compared to April, avoiding public places has become a less effective measure in the opinion of parents.
The results of the first wave of the study showed that 52% of parents wanted to buy masks, but they were not on sale, 51% of parents had to postpone a visit to the doctor because of the fear of being infected, 13% postponed regular vaccinations.
Parents began to worry more that their child might get COVID-19: in May, the average probability that the child will get sick, parents rated 4.7 out of 10 points, whereas in April it was - 4.3.
Most parents believe that their child does not think about coronavirus infection.
The child’s degree of concern directly depends on his/her age: young children do not think about the threat of COVID-19.
The average degree of concern among children decreased compared to April (a higher score means a lower degree of concern).

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