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Table 5 Behaviours in the event of official announcement of a highly contagious disease in France: June-July 2006, Lyon-France (n = 601).

From: Perception of epidemic's related anxiety in the General French Population: a cross-sectional study in the Rhône-Alpes region

Individual behaviours
  Yes
(%)
No
(%)
Don't know
(%)
Follow advice given by the family physician 96 4 0
Follow advice given by public health authorities 92* 6 2
Buy existing medications 80 14 6
Avoid public places (restaurants, stadiums, theatres) 47 48 5
Stay home 30* 64 6
Avoid hospitals 44 49 7
Leave France 12* 85 3
Follow prevention measures
  Yes
(%)
No
(%)
Don't know
(%)
Accept to be quarantined 96§ 3 1
Wear a mask in public areas 91* 7 2
Wash hands 10 times a day with disinfectants 97*# 3 1
Compliance with preventive measures
  Yes
(%)
No
(%)
Don't know
(%)
Would personally comply 91§ 5 4
Would make children comply (n = 252) 98# 1 2
Would encourage friends and family to comply with official recommendations 83 14 3
Would report individuals who do not follow official recommendations 21 75 4
  1. * Significantly greater among those belonging to high socio-economic status groups (p < 0.05)
  2. §Significantly greater among those belonging to medium socio-economic status groups (p < 0.05)
  3. # Significantly greater among women (p < 0.05)