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Table 3 Perceptions of the necessity of public health measures

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

On a scale of 1 to 10 (ranging from 1 ‘Completely unnecessary’ to 10 ‘Absolutely essential’) please indicate how necessary you think the following lockdown restrictions were to contain the Covid-19?
Lockdown March/April Lockdown November/December
  Completely unnecessarya Absolutely essentiala   Completely unnecessarya Absolutely essentiala
Commuting to and from work only when absolutely necessary 8% 48% Restrictions on leaving private living space 16% 31%
Walks only with people living in the same household 15% 32% Distance of one meter in public space for people from different households 6% 71%
Closure of all non-essential shops and business premises 15% 37% Closure of all non-essential shops and business premises 13% 38%
Only necessary purchases e.g. groceries, medication 11% 47% School closings and distance learning 26% 22%
No physical contact with family members outside the same household 20% 27% Physical contact only with closest relatives or individual important caregivers 14% 40%
Mouth and nose protection in open business premises and public transport 20% 41% Mouth and nose protection in open business premises and on public transport 5% 80%
    Visits in nursing homes and hospitals once a week 12% 34%
    Switch to home office wherever possible 5% 63%
  1. Note: The most essential measures as indicated by respondents are in bold, the least essential are in italics.
  2. aAnswers related to the necessity of the introduced public health measures reported by the study participants on the 1-10 scale were re-coded to a 5-point scale: 1 – Completely unnecessary (answers 1, 2), 2 – Unnecessary (answers 3, 4), 3 – Neutral (answers 5, 6), 4 – Necessary (answers 7, 8), 5 – Absolutely essential (answers 9, 10)