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In this study, we assessed risk perception and optimism about COVID-19 in a multinational (UK, USA and Germany), longitudinal design during the early stages of the pandemic (16 March 2020; 1 April 2020; 20 May 2020). Our main findings are that (i) people showed a comparative optimism bias about getting infected and infecting others, but not for getting severe symptoms, (ii) this optimism bias did not change over time, (iii) optimism bias seemed to relate to perceived level of control over the action, (iv) risk perception was linked to publicly available information about the disorder, (v) people reported adhering closely to protective measures but these measures did not seem to be related to risk perception, and (vi) risk perception was related to questions about stress and anxiety. Kuper-Smith BJ, Doppelhofer LM, Oganian Y, Rosenblau G, Korn CW. 2021 Risk perception and optimism during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. R. Soc. Open Sci. 8: 210904. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.210904

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https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.210904
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  1. 1/5/22 1/5/22 - Dr. Christian Niklas
Copyright Holder:
Christoph Korn, Department of General Adult Psychiatry, Heidelberg University Hospital
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January 5, 2022

DOI:

10.1098/rsos.210904

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Creative Commons BY 4.0
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Risk perception and optimism during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic

Inventory for risk perception and optimism about COVID-19

Risk perception for COVID-19
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Adherence to protective measures
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Over the last weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following problems? Little interest in doing things
Feeling down, depressed or hopeless
Feeling nervous, anxious or on edge
Not being able to stop or control worrying
Please answer the following statements: I am most afraid of the Coronavirus
It makes me uncomfortable to think about the Coronavirus
My hands become clammy when I think about the Coronavirus
I am afraid of losing my life because of the Coronavirus
When watching news and stories about the Coronavirus, I become nervous or anxious
I cannot sleep because I’m worrying about getting the Coronavirus
My heart races or palpitates when I think about getting the Coronavirus
General control questions
How many people do you directly know who are/were definitely infected with the new corona virus?
How many people do you know who know at least one person who is/was definitely infected with the new corona virus?
How many people do you directly know who have died due to the new corona virus?
How would you describe your overall health?
If you know anyone who has been infected with the Coronavirus, how close do they live to you? (Select all that apply): Same flat
Same house
Same neighbourhood
Same city
Same country
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Have you had any of these symptoms in the past month?
Have you been tested for an infection with the new corona virus?
Do you live (select all that apply)… Alone
With your children
With your partner
With your parents
In a flatshare
Do you have a spouse/romantic partner?
Other
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Please indicate to what extent you agree with each statement: I am convinced that most people have good intentions.
You can’t rely on anyone these days In general, people can be trusted.
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Demographics
Gender
Highest Level of Education
Due to my level of English/German...

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