Our panel members shared their thoughts about the impact of the pandemic. Over 1500 healthcare professionals and patients took part of our study.
Which (if any) of the measures adopted over the past year do you think will be considered normal going forward?
For over 80% of both the general public and healthcare professionals, ‘more frequent hand washing’ is considered to be the most enduring change post-COVID, which is unsurprising given the massive reduction in rates of seasonal influenza and norovirus during the winter of 2020-21. By contrast, only 43% of the general public think that remote healthcare consultations are here to stay, compared to 59% of healthcare professionals who will be more acutely aware of the challenges and opportunities virtual appointments represent.
Are you worried that new strains will continue to evolve and render the current range of available vaccines obsolete?
Across both the general public and healthcare professional populations there is an equally high degree of concern, with 65% or respondents worried that current vaccines won’t be futureproof in the face of new strains of COVID-19. British and German respondents are least concerned, at 54% and 56% respectively, but by contrast, 72% Italian respondents, and 79% Spanish respondents are the most worried.
How has the pandemic affected your mental health?
75% of HCP respondents felt that the pandemic had impacted their mental health, to varying degrees. 34% reported that their mental health had been moderately or severely affected, with the majority (41%) responding that their mental health had only been…
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