The fourth week of this study reﬂects the opinions of 4,797 Healthcare professionals (HCPs) and 912 members of the general public
As the UK joined the other countries in lockdown, the perceived threat of Covid-19 in local communities increased. By contrast, in Germany, with a comparatively low death rate and good availability of critical care beds, only 35% of HCP respondents consider Covid-19 to be a severe threat, and conﬁdence in the government’s plans is at 84%.
In the US, the picture is largely unchanged from last week, although the number of patients that think Covid-19 is a severe threat has increased by 10% to 47%.
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Confidence in government and local plans
Conﬁdence in local plans is mostly unchanged, with a 1% increase across patients and HCPs. The data largely reﬂects that seen in the question about governmental conﬁdence. An exception is the UK, where HCPs have seen a massive escalation this week in planning at a local level, with the announcement of temporary hospitals and the opening of Covid ‘hubs’. Conﬁdence in local plans in the UK is up from 37% last week, to 54%.
In terms of preparedness at a hospital-level, the picture largely echoes that of last week, although Italy has seen a small decrease, with the UK and Germany seeing increased conﬁdence.
How serious of a threat is Covid-19 at a local level
Unsurprisingly, given the rapid increase of cases in the markets surveyed, the perceived threat level of Covid-19 continues to increase, with the number of HCPs considering it a severe threat at 54% vs 51% last week. The patient increase is much more distinct though, up 10% from last week.
At a country-level there are some signiﬁcant changes. Whereas France and Spain have seen small increases, UK HCPs’ perceived threat level has increased from 51% to 69% in a week that has seen ‘lockdown’ introduced across the UK.
Germany and Italy have seen the ﬁrst decreases, for very diﬀerent reasons. Germany remains by far the lowest in terms of concern, with just over one-third (35%) of respondents considering Covid-19 a severe threat. The only other country under 50% is the USA at 49%. In Italy, the perceived severity has dropped very slightly, reﬂecting optimism as the spread starts to slow.
How can we contain Covid-19?
Support for protective equipment has continued to grow over the four weeks of the study, now at 77%, reﬂecting the shortage of PPE and its importance for HCPs working on the frontline.
Less than half of respondents (46%) think that halting public transport would be an eﬀective containment measure, although this increases to 58% in the UK, where there has been much debate over whether the London underground should be used.
Staying up-to-date: media coverage
The number of respondents that consider media coverage to be ‘alarmist and unnecessary’ continues to drop, now at 11% compared to 32% in week one.
However, the sheer volume of media coverage is still an area of concern, with 50% HCPs and 45% patients agreeing that there is ‘overwhelming and / or conﬂicting information’
Staying up-to-date: official information
Interestingly, this week has seen a drop in the number of HCPs accessing oﬃcial information multiple times a day, down from 53% last week, to 45%. However, 93% are still checking for new developments at least once a day, a decrease of 3% from last week.
As clinical pressures increase and HCPs become more used to managing Covid-19 cases they are less reliant on constant communications, but also less able to check multiple times a day