Dataset on the fear, preventive behaviour and anxiety disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Qureshi W. A., Saud M., Mahmood Q. K.

DATA IN BRIEF, vol.33, 2020 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.dib.2020.106579
  • Journal Name: DATA IN BRIEF
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, BIOSIS, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: COVID-19, Mental health, Anxiety, Pandemic, Fear, Preventive behaviour, Pakistan
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


The outbreak of COVID-19 has raised numerous challenges to the present world. Due to the rapid spread of coronavirus, the high death toll, and enforcement of lock-down, people around the globe have faced fearful situations. Researches have also shown that a massive increase in psychological and mental health disorders is reported during the ongoing pandemic. The present cross-sectional data reflects the condition of the coronavirus fear, mental health, preventive behaviour, and anxiety disorder among the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan. At the time of data collection, the condition of lockdown and mobility restrictions were imposed by the provincial government due to which manual/physical collection of data was not possible. An online survey was designed using Google form facility to gather data from the respondents. After getting confirmation from pilot testing, the survey link was distributed through various online platforms including social media. Besides utilizing personal contact points in the KPK, social applications like Facebook, WhatsApp, and LinkedIn were also used for the dissemination of the survey. A total number of 501 respondents have furnished their responses and the survey was completed in a short period of time and the data were analyzed using SPSS. This data may be of great interest to researchers, policymakers, research organizations, social and mental health practitioners who wish to explore other dimensions of fear and anxiety among the masses caused by an ongoing pandemic (COVID-19). (c) 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (