Participants’ use of COVID-19 protective behaviors was assessed with a checklist of eight behavioral strategies, seven of which were provided based on the recommendations given by the CDC at the time [12] (e.g., “Avoid crowded places,” “Wear protective gear such as a face mask or gloves,” “Isolate yourself if you have symptoms,” “stay at home/avoid going out in public,” “Keep your distance from others (at least 6 feet),” “Quarantine yourself even if you don’t have symptoms,” and “Change school or work arrangements”) and an eighth option for participants to identify additional strategies used. Given that one strategy, “Isolate yourself if you have symptoms,” was only possible if participants had experienced symptoms, only endorsement of either this item or “Quarantine yourself even if you don’t have symptoms” (but not both) was included in participants’ total count score. In other words, if participants selected neither of these two options, it counted as zero checks, and if they chose either or both options, it counted as one—such that scores for COVID-19 protective behaviors could range from 0 to 7.

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