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Table 2 Perceptions related to H1N1 (n = 999).

From: Avoidance behaviors and negative psychological responses in the general population in the initial stage of the H1N1 pandemic in Hong Kong

Unconfirmed beliefs and knowledge about modes of transmission of H1N1  
Unconfirmed beliefs about modes of transmission  
Airborne with a long distance (from one building to another one) 36.7%
Transmitted via water sources (e.g. reservoirs) 35.7%
Transmitted via insect bites 22.9%
Transmitted via well-cooked pork 41.6%
Any one of above 61.8%
Correct knowledge about modes of transmission  
Could be transmitted via droplets (e.g. sneeze) 97.5%
Could be transmitted via touching body of infected persons 74.2%
Could be transmitted via touching contaminated objects 77.8%
All above items being correct 60.3%
Evaluation of governmental preparedness and performance in dealing with H1N1  
The local health system do not have enough medication for treating H1N1 36.2%
The local health system do not have enough vaccine for preventing H1N1 41.1%
Hospitals in Hong Kong do not have enough personal protection equipments for preventing H1N1 30.2%
Any one of the above 52.6%
Perceived ability to control the epidemic  
Hong Kong will be able to control the H1N1 epidemic (agree) 83.6%
Hong Kong government will be certainly/most likely/likely able to control a large-scale H1N1 outbreak 79.5%
Any one of the above 92.3%
Evaluation of governmental performance*  
Overall average evaluation score  
   ≤5 10.7%
   >5 - 8 69.1%
   >8 20.2%
Perceived availability of treatment  
There is no effective drug for the treatment of H1N1 38.9%
Risk perception  
Perceived severity of H1N1  
High fatality 20.6%
Severe irreversible body damages 18.9%
Perceived chance of having a large scale H1N1 outbreak in Hong Kong in the future year, compared to other countries  
   Hong Kong = other countries 45.2%
   Hong Kong > other countries 7.1%
   Hong Kong < other countries 47.6%
Perceived high or very high chance of contracting H1N1 in the coming year  
   The respondent 8.6%
   Family members 8.7%
   The general public 12.5%
  1. * Governmental performance was assessed by 6 items: Timeliness of measures taken; effectiveness of implemented measures; clear explanations made to citizens; adequacy of Implemented measures; coordination across governmental departments; overall performance of the government. (Score range = 0 to 10, with 5 as the passing mark). An average was calculated for the 6 item scores.
  2. #Less than 2% missing cases exist for the listed variables.