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Are people excessively pessimistic about the risk of coronavirus infection?

Abstract : The recent emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 in China has raised the spectre of a novel, potentially catastrophic pandemic in both scientific and lay communities throughout the world. In this particular context, people have been accused of being excessively pessimistic regarding the future consequences of this emerging health threat. However, consistent with previous research in social psychology, a large survey conducted in Europe in the early stage of the COVID-19 epidemic shows that the majority of respondents was actually overly optimistic about the risk of infection. https://psyarxiv.com/364qj/
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Jocelyn Raude, Marion Debin, Cécile Souty, Caroline Guerris, Iclement Turbelin, et al.. Are people excessively pessimistic about the risk of coronavirus infection?. 2020. ⟨hal-02544148⟩

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