Political conservatism indirectly linked to flouting coronavirus safety measures via reduced trust in science

New research published in the journal Psychology, Health & Medicine suggests that trust in science plays a critical role in compliance with COVID-19 prevention guidelines. The findings indicate there are several social and psychological factors, including political conservatism, that influence trust in science, which in turn predicts how often people follow the safety measures.“Despite all the efforts to inform the public about the COVID-19 prevention guidelines and the need for ‘flattening the curve’ (i.e., slowing the spread of the virus), there have been numerous instances of people ignorin...


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