More than 70 per cent of people fear the pneumonia outbreak might spread further to infect themselves and their families, according to a survey released yesterday. The study by Health Power, a community medical organisation, covering 593 respondents revealed that public anxiety was widespread. Thirty-one per cent of respondents said they were extremely worried by the outbreak, while 40.4 per cent said they were worried. Half of the respondents said they would not go to public hospitals in order to avoid catching the disease. Forty per cent said they would cut down on visits to karaoke lounges, and 23 per cent said they would not go to shopping malls. Twenty per cent of the respondents also said they would dine out less. But while the survey showed wide concern, 22.3 per cent had no idea what atypical pneumonia was or what the symptoms were. About 82 per cent said they saw no need to buy or wear masks when going out. Fifteen per cent said they would not wear a mask under any circumstances. Only 12 per cent said children should wear masks when going to school. The findings showed the public was dissatisfied with the government's handling of the crisis. Seventy per cent said officials had not done enough to educate the public about the outbreak. About 82 per cent said they would pay more attention to personal hygiene in future. Health Power has urged the Department of Health to step up its publicity campaign to inform the public about the illness. The department has started to run advertisements on TV urging people who are suffering pneumonia-like symptoms to see a doctor as soon as possible. The outbreak is likely to deal a heavy blow to the struggling retail and catering sectors. Travel industry leaders have already voiced their concerns after a drastic drop in the number of tourist arrivals over the past two weeks.