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Revista del Nacional (Itauguá)

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RIOS GONZALEZ, Carlos Miguel  e  RIOS GONZALEZ, Dilce Natalia. Perception of the risk of the COVID-19 disease and its related factors in Paraguay. Rev. Nac. (Itauguá) [online]. 2020, vol.12, n.2, pp.4-15. ISSN 2072-8174.


as the number of cases and deaths by COVID-19 increases worldwide, it is increasingly important to understand the public perception of the risk of acquiring this infection. The success of policies to curb the rapid transmission of a highly infectious disease depends, in part, on the precise perception of personal and social risk factors among citizens.


analyze the perception of the risk of the COVID-19 disease and its related factors in Paraguay during 2020.


observational, descriptive, cross-sectional study with analytical component. The survey was conducted online using a Google Forms© form distributed through "WhatsApp" groups and social media. To explore the relationship between risk perception and various variables, multiple linear regressions were used and three analysis models were established.


from the 5118 subjects entered in the study, 61,16 % (3169) were female, and 50,78 % (2631) were from the age group between 30 and 49 years of age. Inadequate knowledge about the correct use of the mask was 80,42 % and this was associated with a low perception of risk (p = 0,001). Presenting a suspicious or exposed relative / friend was associated with a greater perception of risk (p = 0,005)


the global risk perception was low, in turn the multivariate linear regression showed that there was a statistically significant difference between the risk perception scores in singles and residents of the metropolitan area.

Palavras-chave : Coronavirus infections; COVID-19; Health Risk Behaviors; Paraguay..

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