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Table 2 Anticipated health-related behavioral responses if 2 to 3 new human-to-human H5N1 cases were to be reported in Hong Kong

From: Anticipated and current preventive behaviors in response to an anticipated human-to-human H5N1 epidemic in the Hong Kong Chinese general population

  Gender Age group Education level All
  Male Female   18 – 34 35 – 60   ≤Matriculated ≥University   
(% Likely/very likely) a Col% Col% p Col% Col% p Col% Col% p Col%
Face mask use in public venues 75.6 72.1 .37 65.1 78.9 <.01 75.4 70.5 .24 73.8
Increased frequency of handwashing 87.2 86.2 .76 81.7 89.6 .01 88.4 83.8 .14 86.7
Avoidance of eating poultry 61.1 66.2 .24 55.9 68.5 <.01 63.8 63.6 .96 63.8
Full compliance with any quarantine policies 86.8 89.6 .32 85.5 89.9 .14 87.5 89.6 .50 88.3
Face mask use in public venues if having ILI symptoms 90.6 94.1 .14 91.4 93.1 .50 90.6 96.0 .03 92.4
Declaration of ILI symptoms at border health checkpoints 89.3 85.1 .16 84.9 88.3 .28 86.3 88.4 .50 87.1
Seeking of medical consultation immediately with the onset of a fever 94.4 94.1 .85 95.2 93.7 .50 94.2 94.2 1.00 94.2
Total number of the above anticipated behaviors           
None 0.4 0.4 .06 1.1 0.0 .01 0.6 0.0 .29 0.4
   1 0.4 0.4   0.5 0.3   0.6 0.0   0.4
   2 1.7 1.9   3.2 0.9   2.1 1.2   1.8
   3 6.4 3.0   4.8 4.4   4.0 5.8   4.6
   4 2.6 7.8   6.5 4.7   4.0 8.1   5.4
   5 16.7 18.6   20.4 16.1   17.9 17.3   17.7
   6 34.2 26.0   33.9 27.4   31.6 26.0   29.8
   All 7 37.6 42.0   29.6 46.1   39.2 41.6   40.0
  1. a Answer options include 'very likely', 'likely', 'unlikely', 'very unlikely' and 'not certain'.