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dc.contributor.authorMousavi, Sayed Hamid
dc.contributor.authorDelshad, Mohammad Hossein
dc.contributor.authorAcuti Martellucci, Cecilia
dc.contributor.authorBhandari, Divya
dc.contributor.authorOzaki, Akihiko
dc.contributor.authorPourhaji, Fatemeh
dc.contributor.authorPourhaji, Fahimeh
dc.contributor.authorReza Hosseini, Sayed Mohammad
dc.contributor.authorRoien, Rohullah
dc.contributor.authorRamozi, Abass Ali
dc.contributor.authorWafaee, Marzia
dc.contributor.authorQaderi, Shohra
dc.contributor.authorDelsoz, Mohammad
dc.contributor.authorSigdel, Shailendra
dc.contributor.authorKotera, Yasuhiro
dc.contributor.authorSawano, Toyoaki
dc.contributor.authorDhama, Kuldeep
dc.contributor.authorRodríguez-Morales, Alfonso J
dc.contributor.authorWang, Jiwei
dc.contributor.authorTanimoto, Tetsuya
dc.contributor.authorYousofi, Ali Ahmad
dc.contributor.authorSah, Ranjit
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-28T11:10:51Z
dc.date.available2021-05-28T11:10:51Z
dc.date.issued2021-05-05
dc.identifier.citationMousavi, S.H., Delshad, M.H., Martellucci, C.A., Bhandari, D., Ozaki, A., Pourhaji, F., Pourhaji, F., Hosseini, S.M.R., Roien, R., Ramozi, A.A. and Wafaee, M., (2021). 'Community behavioral and perceived responses in the covid-19 outbreak in Afghanistan: a cross-sectional study'. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, pp. 1-20.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1935-7893
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/dmp.2021.135
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/625800
dc.description.abstractCommunity responses are important for the management of early-phase outbreaks of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Perceived susceptibility and severity are considered key elements that motivate people to adopt non-pharmaceutical interventions. This study aimed to i) explore perceived susceptibility and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, ii) examine the practice of non-pharmaceutical interventions, and iii) assess the potential association of perceived COVID-19 susceptibility and severity with the practice of non-pharmaceutical interventions among people living in Afghanistan. Methods: A cross-sectional design was employed, using online surveys disseminated from April to May 2020. Convenience sampling was used to recruit the participants of this study. The previously developed scales were used to assess the participants' demographic information, perceived risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, and perceived severity of COVID-19. Multivariate analyses were conducted to assess the potential association of perceived COVID-19 susceptibility and severity with the practice of non-pharmaceutical interventions. Results: The internet was the main source for obtaining COVID-19 information among participants in this study. While 45.8% of the participants believed it was "very unlikely" for them to get infected with COVID-19, 76.7% perceived COVID-19 as a severe disease. Similarly, 37.5% believed the chance of being cured if infected with COVID-19 is "unlikely/very unlikely". The majority of participants (95.6%) perceived their health to be in "good" and "very good" status. Overall, 74.2% mentioned that they stopped visiting public places, 49.7% started using gloves, and 70.4% started wearing a mask. Participants who believed they have a low probability of survival if infected with COVID-19 were more likely to wear masks and practice hand washing. Conclusions: It appears that communities' psychological and behavioral responses were affected by the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in Afghanistan, especially among young internet users. The findings gained from a timely behavioral assessment of the community might be useful to develop interventions and risk communication strategies in epidemics within and beyond COVID-19.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Press (CUP)en_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2021.135en_US
dc.rights.urihttps://www.cambridge.org/core/terms
dc.subjectperceived threaten_US
dc.subjectCOVID-19en_US
dc.subjectperceived susceptibilityen_US
dc.subjectperceived severityen_US
dc.subjectbehavioral responseen_US
dc.subjectAfghanistanen_US
dc.titleCommunity behavioral and perceived responses in the covid-19 outbreak in Afghanistan: a cross-sectional studyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn1938-744X
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen_US
dc.identifier.journalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparednessen_US
dc.identifier.piiS193578932100135X
dc.source.journaltitleDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
dc.source.beginpage1
dc.source.endpage20
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-04
dc.author.detail783564en_US


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