PLoS One 2021 8;16(9):e0256159. Epub 2021 Sep 8.
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Nutrition, and Global Public Health, School of Public Health, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America.
What influences the adoption of SARS-CoV-2 mitigation behaviors-both personal, such as mask wearing and frequent handwashing, and social, such as avoiding large gatherings and physical contact-across countries? Understanding why some individuals are more willing to change their behavior to mitigate the spread of a pandemic will not only help us to address the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic but also to respond to future ones. Researchers have pointed to a variety of factors that may influence individual adoption of personal and social mitigation behaviors, including social inequality, risk perception, personality traits, and government policies. While not denying the importance of these factors, we argue that the role of trust and confidence has received insufficient attention to date. Read More