A new study has found that Australians are more concerned about the longer-lasting, effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, than the impact the virus could have on their own personal health.
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The findings, which are part of an international study developed in collaboration with researchers across the world, discovered that we are more concerned about the impact on our healthcare system, the likeliness of a recession and an increasingly selfish society.
Surprisingly, the data also revealed that younger people are more worried about COVID-19 than our elderly, showing that those aged 18-29 are implementing preventative measures such as social distancing, staying home and avoiding unnecessary travel at the same rate as those in older age brackets.
Thankfully, the recent data, which was collated during March 27-30, also revealed that when it comes to behaviours relating to hygiene and social distancing, Australians for the most part, are following the rules. 87% of the 1000 people surveyed said they often or always washed their hands, while 86% reported often or always staying at home and a further 86% sharing that they often or always stay two metres away from others in public.
However, despite these positive findings, the survey indicated that there was still room for improvement. Most worryingly, more than 30% of participants reported they did not consistently cancel gatherings or meetings in the last seven days.
Click here for the full report and findings.