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Volume 10, Number 8—August 2004


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 2

Proportion of respondents (N = 373) who reported specific actions to prevent severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)

Precautionary action Percentage
Avoided travel to SARS-infected areas 39.9
Made sure to get sufficient sleep 8.3
Wore a mask 3.8
Avoided eating in “food centers” 2.9
Took an herbal supplement 2.4
Avoided large gatherings of people 2.1
Washed hands more often 2.1
Used disinfectants 2.1
Were more attentive to cleanliness 1.9
Avoided particular types of people 1.6
Ate a balanced diet 1.6
Avoided travel by airplane 1.1
Did not go to school or work 1.1
Avoided shaking hands 1.1
Avoided travel by taxis 0.5
Avoided travel on subways or buses 0.3
Avoided eating in restaurants 0.3
Exercised regularly 0.3

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