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Table 6 Participants' responses about their level of personal fear and anxieties about the COVID-19 pandemic

From: Knowledge and perceptions of pharmacists’ readiness during coronavirus pandemic: the case of United Arab Emirates

Statements Strongly disagree, n (%) Disagree, n (%) Neutral, n (%) Agree, n (%) Strongly agree, n (%) Not applicable, n (%)
Working in a pharmacy increase your concern about getting the coronavirus infection 16 (2.6) 27 (4.4) 110 (17.9) 243 (39.6) 140 (22.8) 77(12.6)
You are less willing to work during the coronavirus pandemic 116 (19.0) 185 (30.2) 125 (20.4) 91 (14.9) 39 (6.4) 56 (9.2)
If you have symptoms, you are afraid to let your employer know for the fear of losing your job 259 (42.4) 165 (27.0) 48 (7.9) 59 (9.7) 21 (3.4) 59 (9.7)
If you are/were a pharmacy owner, you are concerned from not getting enough financial benefits, during the coronavirus pandemic 57 (9.3) 86 (14.1) 150 (24.6) 151 (24.8) 53 (8.7) 113 (18.5)
You think that going out for work poses a risk to the health of your family members 12 (2.9) 20 (3.3) 99 (16.2) 241 (39.4) 189 (30.9) 51 (8.3)
You are afraid of getting depression/posttraumatic stress symptoms/anxiety as a consequence of working during the coronavirus pandemic 57 (9.3) 129 (21.1) 130 (21.3) 165 (27.0) 66 (10.8) 64 (10.5)
If you receive bonus pay, that would increase your willingness to work during coronavirus pandemic 23 (3.8) 61 (10.0) 150 (24.5) 188 (30.7) 123 (20.1) 68 (11.1)
You prefer the existing of preventive measures such as screening the employees every now and then 11 (1.8) 13 (2.1) 77 (12.6) 245 (40.2) 214 (35.1) 50 (8.2)
Every pharmacy should offer phone/online support from a psychologist and teach stress management techniques 18 (2.9) 13 (2.1) 105 (17.2) 254 (41.5) 176 (28.8) 46 (7.5)
You prefer working for 2 weeks then home self-isolation for two weeks, because it will decrease your fear of acquiring the coronavirus infection 39 (6.4) 80 (13.2) 145 (23.8) 184 (30.3) 89 (14.6) 71 (11.7)