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dc.contributor.authorMæland, Silje
dc.contributor.authorBjørknes, Ragnhild
dc.contributor.authorLehmann, Stine
dc.contributor.authorSandal, Gro Mjeldheim
dc.contributor.authorHazell, William
dc.contributor.authorRabben, Åsgeir Kjetland
dc.contributor.authorVedaa, Øystein
dc.contributor.authorSkogen, Jens Christoffer
dc.contributor.authorFadnes, Lars T.
dc.identifier.citationMæland, S., Bjørknes, R., Lehmann, S. et al. (2021) How the Norwegian population was affected by non-pharmaceutical interventions during the first six weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health.en_US
dc.description.abstractAims The aim of this study was to examine how the Norwegian general adult population was affected by non-pharmaceutical interventions during the first six weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown. We assessed quarantine, symptoms, social distancing, home office/school, work status, social contact and health-care contact through digital access and knowledge. Methods A cross-sectional survey was performed of 29,535 adults (aged 18–99) in Norway after six weeks of non-pharmaceutical interventions in March/April 2020. Results Most participants found the non-pharmaceutical interventions to be manageable, with 20% of all adults and 30% of those aged <30 regarding them as acceptable only to some or a limited degree. Sixteen per cent had been quarantined, 6% had experienced symptoms that could be linked to COVID-19 and 84% practiced social distancing. Eleven per cent reported changes in the use of health and social services. Three-quarters (75%) of those who had mental health or physiotherapy sessions at least monthly before the pandemic reported a reduction in their use of these services. A substantial reduction was also seen for home nursing, hospital services and dentists compared to usage before the non-pharmaceutical interventions. Immigrants were more likely to experience a reduction in follow-up from psychologists and physiotherapy. With regard to the use of general practitioners, the proportions reporting an increase and a reduction were relatively equal. Conclusions The non-pharmaceutical interventions were perceived as manageable by the majority of the adult general population in Norway at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. A substantial proportion of adults <30 years old experienced difficulties with social distancing, and those >70 years old lacked the digital tools and knowledge. Further, immigrant access to health services needs monitoring and future attention.en_US
dc.publisherSAGE Publishingen_US
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.subjectsosial avstanden_US
dc.titleHow the Norwegian population was affected by non-pharmaceutical interventions during the first six weeks of the COVID-19 lockdownen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.rights.holder© Author(s) 2021en_US
dc.subject.nsiVDP::Medisinske Fag: 700::Helsefag: 800::Samfunnsmedisin, sosialmedisin: 801en_US
dc.source.journalScandinavian Journal of Public Healthen_US

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