This research study assessed the public’s risk perceptions concerning COVID-19 and its’ assessment of the government’s crisis management.
Results from this online survey highlight the critical need for government leaders to establish trust with the public for compliance. Information must be tailored to different subgroups based on risk perception and health literacy. For example, older adults (65+ years) perceived higher personal risk than younger adults. Additionally, health risk must be communicated within the context of economic and social risks as well. This study showed that risk perceptions are correlated with attitudes towards crisis management, economic threat, and compliance with behavioral recommendations.. Findings from this study could be applied to other country’s crisis management strategies to improve communication between government and public.