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The COVID-19 risk perception: A survey on socioeconomics and media attention


  • Toan Luu Duc Huynh

    (University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam))


This brief communication examines the role of socioeconomic factors and use of social media on the risk perception about COVID-19 in Vietnam, which shares a common border with China. Moreover, Vietnam was the first country to succeed in containment of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003. From a sample of 391 Vietnamese respondents aged from 15 to 47 years, the present study found that geographical regions and behaviors in using social media have a positive impact on the risk perception of COVID-19 epidemic in Vietnam. It also adds to the significance of understanding the risk perception among people to communicate the public health response to COVID-19 to curb the spread of this deadly virus.

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  • Toan Luu Duc Huynh, 2020. "The COVID-19 risk perception: A survey on socioeconomics and media attention," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 40(1), pages 758-764.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-20-00175

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    COVID-19; risk perception; socioeconomic; social media;
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    JEL classification:

    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics


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