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Table 2 Personal experience of the Covid-19 lockdowns

From: Perceptions of Covid-19 lockdowns and related public health measures in Austria: a longitudinal online survey

  Lockdown March/April Lockdown November/December Difference Direction of difference Test of differencec
Variablea N Mean (SD) N Mean (SD)
Lockdown is a threat to my livelihood/income 556 2.43 (1.40) 134 1.58 (0.98) −0.85 improved χ2(4, N = 690) = 45.34; p < .01
It is more difficult than usual for me to focus on my work or my normal, daily activities 557 3.11 (1.36) 133 2.65 (1.39) −0.46 improved χ2(4, N = 690) = 14.19; p < .01
I am less busy than usual 558 2.34 (1.42) 134 2.19 (1.34) −0.15 improved χ2(4, N = 692) = 3.40; p = 0.49
I feel more isolated than usual 557 3.46 (1.36) 132 3.27 (1.33) −0.18 improved χ2(4, N = 689) = 4.17; p = 0.38
Variableb        
The lockdown restrictions are necessary 559 3.97 (1.21) 134 4.04 (1.21) 0.07 improved χ2(4, N = 693) = 0.99; p = .91
I now know better what is really important in life 558 3.13 (1.19) 134 2.66 (1.12) −0.46 worsened χ2(4, N = 692) = 19.49; p < .01
I have been communicating with relatives more often 558 2.90 (1.15) 134 2.63 (1.06) −0.28 worsened χ2(4, N = 692) = 8.78; p = .07
I have a greater sense of appreciation for the healthcare workers 555 3.50 (1.18) 134 3.38 (1.06) −0.11 worsened χ2(4, N = 689) = 7.27; p = .12
People have become more friendly towards other people in my area 555 2.75 (1.06) 133 2.22 (0.85) −0.53 worsened χ2(4, N = 688) = 35.72; p < .01
I feel more connected to the members of my local community 559 2.57 (1.11) 133 2.06 (0.99) −0.51 worsened χ2(4, N = 692) = 25.23; p < .01
  1. Note: aAnswers to the question “Indicate how much you agree/disagree with the following statement “were given on 1 to 5 Likert scale (1 – Strongly disagree, 2 – Slightly disagree, 3 – Neutral, 4 – Slightly agree, 5 – Strongly agree), lower score represents better outcome; bHigher score represents better outcome; cPearson’s chi-square test