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Marc Oliver Rieger
''East Asia's success against COVID-19 – acclaimed or ignored?''
( 2021, Vol. 41 No.2 )
In a survey between March and November 2020 based on more than 2000 completed questionnaires, we find that individual perceptions of the numbers of COVID-19-related deaths are highly biased: while the majority of subjects underestimates these cases in Germany, only a small minority knows about the low rates in East Asia. Attitudes towards social distancing and a vaccination are related significantly to this knowledge. This suggests that people who know that COVID-19 can be (at least locally) controlled, like in China or Taiwan, have a more positive and therefore constructive view towards countermeasures. Although knowledge about the situation in East Asia is scarce, we do find that over time more people see East Asia as role model in the handling of pandemics.
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; misestimation; East Asia; vaccinations; social distancing
JEL: I1 - Health: General
Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology: General
Manuscript Received : Dec 11 2020 Manuscript Accepted : Apr 09 2021

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