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Volume 10, Number 8—August 2004

Dispatch

SARS Risk Perception, Knowledge, Precautions, and Information Sources, the Netherlands

Johannes Brug*Comments to Author , Arja R. Aro*†, Anke Oenema*, Onno de Zwart‡, Jan Hendrik Richardus*, and George D. Bishop§
Author affiliations: *Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; †National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland; ‡Municipal Health Service of Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; §National University of Singapore, Singapore

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Table 1

Perceived risk of being affected by SARS and other diseases or accidentsa

Mean (SD) % likely or very likely
SARS
1.5 (0.8)
1.0
Flu or common cold
4.0 (1.0)
72.9
Accident at home
3.5(1.0)
52.0
Cancer
3.0 (1.0)
18.5
Heart attack
2.9 (0.9)
21.7
Traffic accident
2.8 (0.9)
16.1
Food poisoning
2.8 (1.0)
21.4
HIV/AIDS 1.5 (1.9) 1.9

aSARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome; for the scores, 1 = very unlikely and 5 = very likely.

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