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Table 4 Prevalence of GAD-7 score ≥ 8 by opinions on precautionary measures taken (N = 1469)

From: The psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adults and children in the United Arab Emirates: a nationwide cross-sectional study

Characteristics Category Frequency (n) % Anxiety GAD-7 Score (≥8)
% (n)
Chi Square χ2 p-value
I feel that my levels of anxiety have reduced with the introduction of the following precautionary measures
 Online learning at educational institutions Strongly disagree/Disagree 220 15.0 65.0 (143) 36.55 < 0.001*
Neutral 238 16.2 57.6 (137)
Strongly agree/Agree 1011 68.8 44.7 (452)
 Airport screening Strongly disagree/Disagree 67 4.6 61.2 (41) 14.14 0.001*
Neutral 136 9.3 62.5 (85)
Strongly agree/ Agree 1266 86.2 47.9 (606)
 Travel bans Strongly disagree/Disagree 65 4.4 55.4 (36) 11.11 0.004*
Neutral 79 5.4 67.1 (53)
Strongly agree/Agree 1325 90.2 48.5 (643)
 Hand sanitizers in public spaces Strongly disagree/ Disagree 33 2.2 51.5 (17) 2.31 0.315
Neutral 98 6.7 57.1 (56)
Strongly agree/ Agree 1338 91.1 49.3 (659)
 Cancellation of social events Strongly disagree/Disagree 34 2.3 61.8 (21) 7.59 0.022*
Neutral 50 3.4 66.0 (33)
Strongly agree /Agree 1385 94.3 49.0 (678)
 Temporary closure of public places Strongly disagree/Disagree 47 3.2 51.1 (24) 1.76 0.415
Neutral 51 3.5 58.8 (30)
Strongly agree/Agree 1371 93.3 49.5 (678)
 Social isolation Strongly disagree /Disagree 49 3.3 61.2 (30) 7.26 0.026*
Neutral 82 5.6 61.0 (50)
Strongly agree/Agree 1338 91.1 48.7 (652)
Precautionary measures category Disagree with precautionary measures 605 41.2 54.9 (332) 10.48 0.001*
Agree with precautionary measures 864 58.8 46.3(400)
  1. *Significant at p < 0.05