Lay perspectives on social distancing and other official recommendations and regulations in the time of COVID-19: a qualitative study of social media posts.

Olcer S, Yilmaz-Aslan Y, Brzoska P (2020)
BMC public health 20(1): 963.

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Olcer, Sabahat; Yilmaz-Aslan, YüceUniBi; Brzoska, Patrick
Abstract / Bemerkung
BACKGROUND: COVID-19 caused by a new form of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) first appeared in China end of 2019 and quickly spread to all counties of the world. To slow down the spread of the virus and to limit the pressure on the health care systems, different regulations and recommendations have been implemented by authorities, comprising amongst others the closure of all entertainment venues and social distancing. These measures have received mixed reactions, particularly from young individuals, with many not following available advice. Drawing on the information in social media discussion forums, the present study explores the reasons why people ignore the orders and recommendations of the authorities and why the authorities are unable to produce a shared sense of inclusion concerning protective measures against the COVID-19 outbreak.; METHODS: Three open-access social media forums (Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube comments) were systematically searched with respect to COVID-19-related beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours of individuals. The data was retrieved in the first 3 weeks of March 2020. Qualitative document analysis and qualitative content analysis were used as the methodical approach. The data was reviewed by all authors and jointly interpreted to minimise inconsistencies.; RESULTS: The study reveals that reasons such as information pollution on social media, the persistence of uncertainty about the rapidly spreading virus, the impact of the social environment on the individual, and fear of unemployment associated with inequality in the distribution of income lead people to ignore the orders and recommendations of the authorities. The findings suggest that government representatives and politicians could not produce a shared sense of inclusion concerning protective measures against the COVID-19 outbreak, due to not building trust among the public and taking concrete economic steps to satisfy them.; CONCLUSION: In uncertain crises, transparency in the presentation of information and government policies emerge as influential determinants in creating social susceptibility and solidarity. The differences between social classes constitute one of the important factors that affect the decision-making mechanisms of individuals in determining the necessary steps to be undertaken in times of crisis.
Erscheinungsjahr
2020
Zeitschriftentitel
BMC public health
Band
20
Ausgabe
1
Art.-Nr.
963
eISSN
1471-2458
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2944317

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Olcer S, Yilmaz-Aslan Y, Brzoska P. Lay perspectives on social distancing and other official recommendations and regulations in the time of COVID-19: a qualitative study of social media posts. BMC public health. 2020;20(1): 963.
Olcer, S., Yilmaz-Aslan, Y., & Brzoska, P. (2020). Lay perspectives on social distancing and other official recommendations and regulations in the time of COVID-19: a qualitative study of social media posts. BMC public health, 20(1), 963. doi:10.1186/s12889-020-09079-5
Olcer, S., Yilmaz-Aslan, Y., and Brzoska, P. (2020). Lay perspectives on social distancing and other official recommendations and regulations in the time of COVID-19: a qualitative study of social media posts. BMC public health 20:963.
Olcer, S., Yilmaz-Aslan, Y., & Brzoska, P., 2020. Lay perspectives on social distancing and other official recommendations and regulations in the time of COVID-19: a qualitative study of social media posts. BMC public health, 20(1): 963.
S. Olcer, Y. Yilmaz-Aslan, and P. Brzoska, “Lay perspectives on social distancing and other official recommendations and regulations in the time of COVID-19: a qualitative study of social media posts.”, BMC public health, vol. 20, 2020, : 963.
Olcer, S., Yilmaz-Aslan, Y., Brzoska, P.: Lay perspectives on social distancing and other official recommendations and regulations in the time of COVID-19: a qualitative study of social media posts. BMC public health. 20, : 963 (2020).
Olcer, Sabahat, Yilmaz-Aslan, Yüce, and Brzoska, Patrick. “Lay perspectives on social distancing and other official recommendations and regulations in the time of COVID-19: a qualitative study of social media posts.”. BMC public health 20.1 (2020): 963.

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