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Volume 11, Number 3—March 2005

Research

SARS-related Perceptions in Hong Kong

Joseph T.F. Lau*Comments to Author , Xilin Yang*, Ellie Pang*, H.Y. Tsui*, Eric Wong*, and Yun Kwok Wing*
Author affiliations: *The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China

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Table 2

Perceptions related to resurgence of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and associated behaviors (survey 1 data)

Perceptions Men (n = 428), % Women (n = 435), % Total (N = 863), % p value*
Resurgence of SARS
There will be a resurgence of SARS in Hong Kong in the coming 6 months 37.4 43.4 40.4 0.069
There will be a resurgence of SARS in China in the coming 6 months 66.6 71.3 68.9 0.138
There will be a resurgence of SARS overseas in the coming 6 months 29.9 28.3 29.1 0.613
No major outbreaks even if SARS returns to Hong Kong 71.3 68.3 69.8 0.340
The government could control SARS if there were a few sporadic new SARS cases in Hong Kong 80.3 80.2 80.3 0.958
Preventive behavior if a few new SARS cases were reported in Hong Kong
Would frequently wear a mask in public places 70.7 71.7 71.2 0.730
Would avoid going to crowded places 71.5 77.9 74.8 0.031
Would avoid going to mainland China 69.6 79.7 74.7 0.001
Would not allow children to go to school 13.5 12.1 12.8 0.536
Would avoid going to hospitals 67.3 76.3 71.8 0.003
Would avoid contacts with medical personnel 35.8 38.4 37.1 0.437
Would avoid contacts with tourists coming from mainland China 31.5 37.8 34.7 0.051
Perceived emotional responses if a few new cases were reported in Hong Kong
Would be in a state of panic 14.0 23.0 18.6 0.001
Would be very depressed 12.1 17.7 14.9 0.020
Am still emotionally disturbed because of SARS 33.0 39.5 36.3 0.047
Current preventive behavior
Would avoid visiting hospitals to prevent contracting SARS 65.0 68.3 66.7 0.311
Would avoid visiting China to prevent contracting SARS 64.4 72.8 68.6 0.008
Would make a health declaration if crossing the border and had influenza 79.3 84.3 81.9 0.058
Would see a local physician if had influenza in mainland China 37.6 39.8 38.7 0.498
Would see a local physician if had influenza overseas 79.3 84.8 82.1 0.039
Would wear a mask if I had influenza when traveling by air 87.3 91.0 89.2 0.079

*Chi-square test.

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