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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 3

Perceptions related to mode of transmission, medical development, and epidemiology of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) (survey 1 data)

% agreeing with statements Men (n = 428), % Women (n = 435), % Total (N = 863), % p value*
Mode of transmission
SARS is transmittable through respiratory droplets 86.7 88.5 87.6 0.416
SARS is transmittable through fomites 87.1 87.6 87.4 0.847
SARS is transmittable through aerosols 47.2 51.3 49.2 0.232
SARS is transmittable through rats and cockroaches 70.6 79.3 75.0 0.003
SARS is transmittable through pets 66.6 63.4 65.0 0.333
SARS is transmittable through sewage 86.7 92.0 89.3 0.012
There is a high likelihood of contracting SARS through wild animal meat 77.4 87.6 82.6 <0.001
Perceived efficacy of preventive measures
Wearing masks in public places could effectively prevent SARS 92.0 93.3 92.7 0.471
Disinfecting living quarters could effectively prevent SARS 96.0 98.6 97.3 0.018
Frequent hand washing could effectively prevent SARS 96.3 99.3 97.8 0.002
Vaccination against influenza could effectively prevent SARS 44.6 47.7 46.2 0.363
Intake of traditional Chinese medicine could effectively prevent SARS 36.6 44.2 40.5 0.023
Medical development
SARS vaccines would be developed in a year 47.2 44.7 45.9 0.462
No effective drugs available to treat SARS 82.9 80.5 81.7 0.345
Epidemiology of SARS
Old people are more likely than others to contract SARS 68.9 70.5 69.7 0.613
SARS mortality rate >50% for patients >60 years old 44.7 47.6 46.2 0.400

*Chi-square test.

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