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Table 2 Concerns of healthcare workers with regard to COVID-19 outbreak during the early phase of the epidemic, Uganda, April–May 2020 (N = 328)

From: Risk perception and psychological state of healthcare workers in referral hospitals during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uganda

Concern statement Responses to concern statements (N = 328)
Number Percent
Low concern High concern Low concern High concern
Fear of contracting COVID-19 at workplace     
I would feel endangered if a colleague contracted COVID-19 35 293 11 89
I am at risk of contracting COVID-19 63 265 19 81
I feel anxious at work 96 233 21 71
I am unsafe at work 95 232 29 71
I will eventually get COVID-19 191 137 58 42
Being absent will reduce my chances of contracting COVID-19 201 127 61 39
I feel helpless about contracting COVID-19 213 109 67 33
I feel I should avoid going to work to avoid contracting COVID-19 230 98 70 30
I do not feel safe even when I use standard IPC measures 245 83 75 25
I feel I should change job in future due to COVID-19 risk 253 75 77 23
Perceived workplace risks and conditions     
My workplace would not support me if I contracted COVID-19 120 208 37 63
COVID-19 outbreak has increased my workload 134 194 41 59
Workload is not matched with staffing needs 137 191 42 58
There is no adequate PPE 143 185 44 56
I have not received adequate training on IPC 189 139 58 42
I feel overwhelmed by new COVID-19 regulations 193 135 49 41
I am not confident about IPC measures 216 112 66 34
There is no clear outbreak response plan 243 85 74 26
Fear of spreading COVID-19     
I should social distance more than non-HCWs 82 246 25 75
I will likely transmit COVID-19 to family members 132 196 40 60
Stigma against self (internal) and others (external)     
I would feel ashamed disclosing to colleagues if I contracted COVID-19 69 259 21 79
Family will not look after me if I contract COVID-19 153 175 47 53
I feel forced to care for COVID-19 patients 173 155 53 47
I would feel ashamed disclosing to my family if I contracted COVID-19 249 79 76 24
  1. IPC infection control and prevention, HCW healthcare worker, COVID-19 coronavirus disease, PPE personal protective equipment