Table 4

Intended behaviour at the University

"I would come into university if..."

Academic Staff

General Staff

Students

Total

n = 360 (%)

n = 646 (%)

n = 1876 (%)

n = 2882 (%)


I had symptoms consistent with flu, e.g. fever and a cough/runny nose

57 (15.8)

86 (13.3)

407 (21.7)

550 (19.1)

I had symptoms consistent with flu and I had an exam/assessment due or work deadline

155 (43.1)

256 (39.6)

1248 (66.5)

1659 (57.6)

I was well but knew that a fellow student or staff member had contracted the flu

295 (81.9)

549 (85.0)

1428 (76.1)

2272 (78.8)

A family member or close contact had flu-like symptoms e.g. fever and a cough/runny nose

269 (74.7)

524 (81.1)

1451 (77.7)

2244 (77.9)

I was well but I knew that the number of cases of swine flu had increased in Australia

341 (94.7)

612 (94.7)

1719 (91.6)

2672 (92.7)


"If you attend a lecture/meeting and are sitting near someone who is coughing/sneezing, would you."


Not be worried

67 (18.6)

108 (16.7)

366 (19.5)

541 (18.8)

Approach the individual

5 (1.4)

4 (0.6)

3 (0.2)

12 (0.4)

Approach the individual and ask him/her to comply with specific health measures, e.g. leaving the area, observing respiratory etiquette

23 (6.4)

61 (9.4)

60 (3.2)

144 (5.0)

Not approach the individual

118 (32.8)

225 (34.8)

776 (41.4)

1119 (38.8)

Not approach the individual and increase personal hygiene, e.g. moving away, leaving the area or hand-washing afterwards

144 (40.0)

244 (37.8)

665 (35.4)

1053 (36.5)


Van et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:130   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-130

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