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Epidemiology and Health 2022;e2022004.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4178/epih.e2022004    [Accepted] Published online Jan 3, 2022.
Does having various types of fear related to the COVID-19 disrupt the daily life of individuals?
Woorim Kim2  , Yeong Jun Ju1  , Soon Young Lee1 
1Ajou Univiersity School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea
2National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea
3Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon-si, Korea
Correspondence  Soon Young Lee ,Email: solee5301@gmail.com
Received: Nov 8, 2021  Accepted after revision: Dec 8, 2021
The psychological health of individuals may be influenced by unexpected changes in daily routines caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This study investigated the association between various types of COVID-19 related fear and the subjective level of disturbances in daily activities experienced by individuals.
This cross-sectional study used the Korea Community Health Survey (KCHS) conducted from August 2020 through November 2020. COVID-19 related fear included fear of infection, death, public criticism, family members getting infected, and economic loss. The subjective level of disruptions in daily activities was measured using a 0-100 numeric rating scale developed by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. Multivariable linear regression was used to analyze the association between the dependent and independent variables. Subgroup analysis was performed based on income level.
Participants who reported fear of infection (β -3.37, p <0.001), death (β -0.33, p= 0.030), public criticism (β -1.63, p <0.001), a family member getting infected (β -1.03, p <0.001), and economic loss (β -3.52, p <0.001) experienced more disturbances in daily activities. The magnitude of this association was most significant in the lowest income group.
Individuals reporting COVID-19 related fear experienced higher levels of subjective disturbances in daily activities.
Keywords: Coronavirus, Fear, Activities of daily living, Income
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