A new study has found that sociopaths are less likely to follow safety measures designed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
People with antisocial traits, especially “lower levels of empathy and higher levels of callousness, deceitfulness, and risk-taking, are directly associated with lower compliance with containment measures,” said the study published in the online journal Personality and Individual Differences.
“These traits explain, at least partially, the reason why people continue not adhering to the containment measures even with increasing numbers of cases and deaths.”
The study conducted by researchers from Brazil’s State University of Londrina and Sao Francisco University involved 1,578 participants who took a test to assess their “maladaptive personality traits,” as well as their attitudes toward COVID-19 safety measures.
The study’s authors said the findings confirm previous literature on the association between antisocial traits and adherence to coronavirus containment measures.
Brazil currently has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world. It sits behind the United States with 3.6 million coronavirus cases and more than 114,000 deaths. The U.S. has 5.76 million cases and 178,000 deaths.