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Table 3 Level of fear of COVID-19 among the study participants

From: Factors associated with psychological distress, fear and coping strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia

Fear of COVID-19 Scale (FCV-19S) individual items Total, n(%)
I am most afraid of COVID-19 549
 Strongly disagree 52 (9.5)
 Somewhat disagree 72 (13.1)
 Neither agree nor disagree 125 (22.8)
 Somewhat agree 207 (37.7)
 Strongly agree 93 (16.9)
It makes me uncomfortable to think about COVID-19 549
 Strongly disagree 85 (15.5)
 Somewhat disagree 89 (16.2)
 Neither agree nor disagree 99 (18.0)
 Somewhat agree 203 (37.0)
 Strongly agree 73 (13.3)
My hands become clammy when I think about COVID-19 549
 Strongly disagree 294 (53.6)
 Somewhat disagree 87 (15.8)
 Neither agree nor disagree 93 (16.9)
 Somewhat agree 59 (10.7)
Strongly agree 16 (2.9)
I am afraid of losing my life because of COVID-19 549
 Strongly disagree 172 (31.3)
 Somewhat disagree 76 (13.8)
 Neither agree nor disagree 125 (22.8)
 Somewhat agree 123 (22.4)
 Strongly agree 53 (9.7)
When watching news and stories about COVID-19 on social media, I become nervous or anxious 549
 Strongly disagree 76 (13.8)
 Somewhat disagree 70 (12.8)
 Neither agree nor disagree 93 (16.9)
 Somewhat agree 222 (40.4)
 Strongly agree 88 (16.0)
I cannot sleep because I’m worrying about getting COVID-19 549
 Strongly disagree 299 (54.5)
 Somewhat disagree 79 (14.4)
 Neither agree nor disagree 95 (17.3)
 Somewhat agree 69 (12.6)
 Strongly agree 7 (1.3)
My heart races or palpitates when I think about getting COVID-19 549
 Strongly disagree 285 (51.9)
 Somewhat disagree 86 (15.7)
 Neither agree nor disagree 93 (16.9)
 Somewhat agree 76 (13.8)
 Strongly agree 9 (1.6)
FCV-19S score (total) 549
 Mean (±SD) 18.4 (6.5)
 Range 7 to 35
Level of fear of COVID-19 (FCV-19S categories) 549
 Low (score 7–21) 374 (68.1)
 High (score 22–35) 175 (31.9)