Comparing Fear of COVID-19 and Preventive COVID-19 Infection Behaviors Between Iranian and Taiwanese Older People: Early Reaction May Be a Key

Amir H. Pakpour, Chieh Hsiu Liu, Wen Li Hou, Yu Pin Chen, Yueh Ping Li, Yi Jie Kuo, Chung Ying Lin, Damian Scarf

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Abstract

This study assessed fear of the novel coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19), preventive COVID-19 infection behaviors, and the association between fear of COVID-19 and preventive COVID-19 infection behaviors among older people in Iran and Taiwan. Older people aged over 60 years (n = 144 for Iranians and 139 for Taiwanese) completed the Fear of COVID-19 Scale (FCV-19S) and two items on preventive COVID-19 infection behaviors (i.e., hand washing and mouth covering when sneezing). Iranian older people had a significantly higher level of fear of COVID-19 than did Taiwanese older people. Moreover, Iranian older people had significantly lower frequencies of preventive COVID-19 infection behaviors than did Taiwanese older people. Different timings in implementing COVID-19 infection control policies in Iran and Taiwan may explain why Iranian older people had greater fear of COVID-19 and lower preventive COVID-19 infection behaviors than did Taiwanese older people.

Original languageEnglish
Article number740333
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 23 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • elder
  • infection preventive behavior
  • Iran
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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