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A tale of two parts of Switzerland: regional differences in the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parents

Published inBMC public health, vol. 21, no. 1, 1275
Publication date2021-06-30
First online date2021-06-30

Background: We aimed to document the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on regions within a European country.

Methods: Parents arriving at two pediatric emergency departments (EDs) in North of Switzerland and two in South of Switzerland completed an online survey during the first peak of the pandemic (April-June 2020). They were asked to rate their concern about their children or themselves having COVID-19.

Results: A total of 662 respondents completed the survey. Parents in the South were significantly more exposed to someone tested positive for COVID-19 than in the North (13.9 and 4.7%, respectively; P <  0.001). Parents in the South were much more concerned than in the North that they (mean 4.61 and 3.32, respectively; P <  0.001) or their child (mean 4.79 and 3.17, respectively; P <  0.001) had COVID-19. Parents reported their children wore facemasks significantly more often in the South than in the North (71.5 and 23.5%, respectively; P <  0.001).

Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant regional differences among families arriving at EDs in Switzerland. Public health agencies should consider regional strategies, rather than country-wide guidelines, in future pandemics and for vaccination against COVID-19 for children.

  • COVID-19
  • Emergency department
  • Parental concern
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Switzerland
  • COVID-19
  • Child
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Parents
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Switzerland / epidemiology
Citation (ISO format)
SEILER, Michelle et al. A tale of two parts of Switzerland: regional differences in the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parents. In: BMC public health, 2021, vol. 21, n° 1, p. 1275. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-11315-5
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