This paper develops a new concept called virus-combat social capital and presents relevant findings from a survey of 3009 Chinese WeChat networkers. Virus-combat social capital is defined by the intensity and extensity of social connectedness under conditions of physical isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey shows that as compared to their counterparts, Chinese people with higher virus-combat social capital consistently do better in both behavioral responses and measures of quality of life.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
National Philosophy Social Science Project of China (No.13&ZD177). Social Science Foundation of Ministry of Education of China (No. 17XJC840002).
- Virus-combat social capital
- behavioral response
- quality of life