This national survey study led by researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, and Middlesex Community College, Middletown, Connecticut, finds that nearly half of US adults surveyed reported misrepresentation of and nonadherence to COVID-19 public health measures.
Among the survey findings:
The most common reasons for misrepresentation and nonadherence were wanting life to feel normal and wanting to exercise personal freedom. Those younger than 60 years of age and those with greater distrust in science had significantly higher odds of misrepresentation and nonadherence.
The results reveal a serious public health challenge for the COVID-19 pandemic and future disease outbreaks, the researchers say. Further studies are needed to examine strategies for communicating the consequences of misrepresentation and nonadherence and to address contributing factors.Read More >>