Europeans know and act on WHO recommendations during COVID-19

N Varghese, I Sabat, Sebastian Neumann - Boehme, J Schreyögg, T Stargardt, A Torbica, Job van Exel, P Pita Barros, Werner Brouwer

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The World Health Organization recommended a range of preventative behaviours to protect the public from COVID-19. This column examines how familiar and compliant the adult population of seven European countries were with WHO’s recommendations. Using individual-level data from 7,000 respondents to an online survey conducted in April 2020, the study finds that information from WHO in the context of COVID-19 was well trusted and largely followed, with heterogeneities by recommendation type, country, and individual level characteristics such as region, age, gender, and education.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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