How are you coping?
We are all under pressure aren’t we?
And even though we are in the same storm, we are all in different boats.
Some of our boats are cruising along, some have hit a reef and others are sinking.
London’s Imperial College and YouGov recently conducted a survey in 13 countries to discover how people are coping with COVID-19 restrictions.
And not surprisingly they are all coping differently.
Italians are most likely to avoid crowds.
Brits will willingly stay at home.
Swedes are great at washing their hands but find it harder to stop touching things.
Here are a few of their other findings:
Are you willing to self-isolate?
Self-isolation is a key tool in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
It’s especially important if someone suspects they may have an infection. In most countries, the majority of those surveyed said they’d stay home if they began to feel unwell.
The UK topped this list with 92% of its respondents saying they’d self-isolate if they started to display symptoms.
Now wash your hands
How often do you wash your hands?
If you are a typical Italian or Swede, according to the study, you take to the sink 14 times each day.
Washing your hands properly with soap is one of the most important and effective ways of keeping yourself and others safe from the coronavirus, as soap breaks down the virus, rendering it inactive.
Most people surveyed by YouGov and Imperial College say they wash their hands 12 or 13 times a day.
Keeping out of harm’s way
The COVID-19 threat has changed a range of other daily behaviours, too.
The survey found that people around the world have reconsidered everything from touching things in public places to public transit.
In fact, an overwhelming 98% of Italians told the researchers they avoid busy places, the largest share of any country surveyed.
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