Farmacéuticos Comunitarios. 2021 Jan 20; 13(1):7-16 DOI: 10.33620/FC.2173-9218.(2021/Vol13).001.03

Community pharmacy users’ perception of COVID-19 comparing the beginning and ending situation of the lockdown

Mera-Gallego R1, 2, León-Rodríguez L3, 2, Mera-Gallego I4, 2, González-Blanco M1, 2, Fernández-Cordeiro M5, 2, Piñeiro-Abad A1, 2, Barreiro-Juncal M1, 2, García-Rodríguez P5, 2, Fornos-Pérez JA5, 2, Andrés-Rodríguez NF2
1. Farmacéutica comunitaria en Vigo. 2. Grupo Berbés de Investigación y Docencia. 3. Farmacéutica comunitaria en Ourense. 4. Farmacéutica comunitaria en Maella (Zaragoza). 5. Farmacéutico/a comunitaria en Cangas do Morrazo.
Mera-Gallego R, León-Rodríguez L, Mera-Gallego I, González-Blanco M, Fernández-Cordeiro M, Piñeiro-Abad A, Barreiro-Juncal M, García-Rodríguez P, Fornos-Pérez JA, Andrés-Rodríguez NF. Percepción de los usuarios de la farmacia comunitaria sobre la COVID-19 al final de la alarma y comparación con la situación al inicio. Farmacéuticos Comunitarios. 2021 Jan 20; 13 (1): 7-16 DOI: 10.33620/FC.2173-9218.(2021/Vol13).001.03
Abstract : 

Aim: Assess the perception of pharmacy users about the impact of COVID-19 on their health at the end of confinement and compare the results with those obtained at the beginning.

Material and methods: Randomized cross-sectional observational study, in pharmacies in Pontevedra and Ourense, from 10 to 25 June 2020.

Subjects: 18 years of age who come on demand for medicines and/or protective material.

Procedure: the user completed an anonymous questionnaire, depositing it in a daily disinfected tray.

Results: 839 surveys. 492 (58,6%) women, an average age of 54.6 (DE-17.4) years. 144 (17,2%) they live alone. 

771 (91,9%) COVID-19 is more dangerous than influenza, 233 (27.7%) they don’t know how to be in some risk group. 137 (16,4%) say they feel bad/very bad with isolation. Most affected aspects: family 429 (51.1%) emotionally 377 (44.9%). Affecting physical aspects 210 (25.0%) 183 (21.8%) significantly improved in the final phase. 

In 2020/21 they plan to be vaccinated with influenza 376 (44.4%), in 2019/20 they did so 243 (34.4%). coVID-19 will be vaccinated when there is a vaccine. Those who will be vaccinated increase even if 511(60.9%)/280 (39.7%) is not funded.

Conclusions: The perception of the danger of COVID-19 and the impact on its health has not changed significantly. The aspects of well-being that are most affected remain familiar and emotional. Increases the number of those who felt bad/very bad with confinement and that of adults affected by loneliness. It increases the intention to get vaccinated from SARS-CoV-2, even if it is not funded.

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