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Experiences, reactions and actions in the early phase of the covid-19 pandemic

Research project During a pandemic, we need more than knowledge about the infectiousness of the virus, it´s incubation period, routes of infection and care needs. We also need knowledge regarding how people experience and react to the spread of coronavirus.

In this research study we examining how people reacted and acted during the initial phase of the pandemic.

Head of project

Elin Andersson
Doctoral student

Project overview

Project period:

2020-03-01 2020-08-01

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Department of Psychology

Research area


External funding

Swedish Research Council

Project description

How individuals and societies assess and relate to health risks and disease are affected by many factors. In our study, we are guided by the theoretical assumptions of protection motivation theory, which focuses on various aspects of our ability to evaluate and handle threatening situations.

With so-called smartphone ecological momentary assessment methodology, study participants replied to questions on a daily basis using their mobile phone, which meant that experiences were captured in close proximity to the events of everyday life during a time period where sickness and death rates increased rapidly.


External funding

Latest update: 2021-05-19