Assessment of the risk of infection among Romanian physicians at the outbreak of the SARS CoV-2
Assessment of the risk of infection among Romanian physicians at the outbreak of the SARS CoV-2 pandemic
Authors: Valeria Herdea, Alina Duduciuc, Raluca Ghionaru, Laura Comnea, Luminita Păduraru & Smaranda Diaconescu
In March 2020, the WHO declared the SARS CoV-2 pandemic. This had an immediate and dramatic impact on Romanian physicians.
To analyse SARS-CoV-2 risk perception among Romanian physicians following the official WHO pandemic announcement.
A questionnaire was sent to Romanian physicians (n = 319) between 13 and 27 of March 2020 to determine the perceived threat of exposure to SARS CoV-2 infection, the assessment COVID-19 sources of documentation, physicians’ access to personal protective equipment and the attitude towards a prospective vaccine against SARS CoV-2.
Confronted with a new and unknown disease, the lack of appropriate information regarding disease management, media pressure and the lack of protective equipment, physicians experiencing a highly stressful a period. We found a significant relationship between the perceived level of fear and the risk of infection with SARS CoV-2 among respondents. A relationship was also found between the perceived level of fear related to COVID-19 and the acceptance of future vaccines against SARS CoV-2. Our data show that doctors working in urban areas considered the medical research on COVID-19 as clearer than those working in rural locations did.
Pandemic preparedness should focus on measures that make medical practice safe (supplies, working protocols, experience sharing with experts/colleagues from other countries)."
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Sursa: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE2021, VOL. 27, NO. 1, 235-240