Fear Perception of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Peru
Christian R. Mejia 1 * , J. Franco Rodriguez-Alarcon 2 3, Jean J. Vera-Gonzales 4, Vania L. Ponce-Lopez 5, Scherlli E. Chamorro-Espinoza 6, Alan Quispe-Sancho 7 8, Rahi K. Marticorena-Flores 6, Elizabeth S. Varela-Villanueva 6, Paolo Pedersini 9, Marcos Roberto Tovani-Palone 10 *
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1 Universidad Continental, Lima, PERU2 Asociación Médica de Investigación y Servicios en Salud, Lima, PERU3 Facultad de Medicina Humana, Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima, PERU4 Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal, Lima, PERU5 Universidad Nacional de Cajamarca, Cajamarca, PERU6 Universidad Nacional Hermilio Valdizán, Huánuco, PERU7 Escuela Profesional de Medicina Humana, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco, Cusco, PERU8 ASOCIEMH CUSCO Asociación Científica de Estudiantes de Medicina Humana del Cusco, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco, Cusco, PERU9 IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Milan, ITALY10 Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, BRAZIL* Corresponding Author


Introduction: Fear is a natural response to something unknown. In the current scenario, it is important to assess it in relation to the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic in Latin American countries.
Objective: To determine the fear perception according to factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in Peru.
Methods: An analytical cross-sectional study was conducted based on a virtual questionnaire. The main question was “how much fear people had of COVID-19?”, using a scale from zero (without fear) to 10 (very fear). This scale was divided into tertiles, and the upper tertile was the reference category (compared to the middle and lower tertiles). Statistical significances between fear perception of COVID-19 and sociodemographic data were calculated.
Results: A total of 3887 participants responded the questionnaire about fear perception. In the multivariate analysis was found that women (adjusted prevalence ratio (aPR): 1.37; 95% confidence interval (CI) : 1.26-1.48; p<0.001), people aged 20-29 (aPR: 1.84; 95% CI: 1.06-1.50; p=0.005), 30-39 (aPR: 1.53; 95% CI : 1.28-1.82; p<0.001), 50-59 (aPR: 1.43; 95% CI: 1.12-1.84; p=0.005), and with 60 or more years (aPR: 1.46; 95% CI: 1.03-2.07; p=0.032), as well as respondents who had some risk for complications due to COVID-19 (aPR: 1.49; 95% CI: 1.32-1.69; p<0.001) were very afraid of the disease. On the other hand, people affiliated with evangelical religions (aPR: 0.79; 95% CI: 0.65-0.96; p=0.018), agnostics (aPR: 0.80; 95% CI: 0.68-0.94; p=0.008), atheists (aPR: 0.67; 95% CI: 0.48-0.95; p=0.024), and health professionals (aPR: 0.81; 95% CI: 0.70-0.93; p=0.003) were less afraid of COVID-19.
Conclusion: There was a notorious fear perception of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Peruvian population. In this context, the fear was associated with important variables. Thus, the provision of further emotional support services for this population should be considered in the face of the current pandemic.


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ELECTRON J GEN MED, 2021, Volume 18, Issue 3, Article No: em285


Publication date: 07 Mar 2021

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