While we’re physically further apart than ever before, Australians are closely aligned in their attitudes to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A national study reveals the majority of Australians are informed and alert, rating the threat of COVID-19 around 8 out of 10.
Only 9 per cent rate the virus as “no worse than the flu”, according to the University of Technology Sydney’s Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Research Centre, who conducted the study.
Even though some states have been much harder hit than others, the level of concern about COVID-19 was surprisingly consistent across the country.
However, more than half of the survey’s respondents were unsure about their own risk of contracting COVID-19.
Lead researcher Dr Antonio Borriello has urged governments to adopt more targeted messaging to different population groups.
“We found that young people were less concerned, and felt less at risk of contracting the virus,” he said. “This might mean they are more tempted to break the lockdown and jeopardise the community.”
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