What is the Perception of Covid 19 in our community? - A study on level of awareness in the community and assessment of various socio demographic parameters.
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2021, Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 1712-1729
AbstractBeginning with the index case in Wuhan, COVID-19 has evolved into a global pandemic, infecting people of nearly 216 countries worldwide. Apart from the toll the disease has taken on the health of humans worldwide, there is an unsaid fear due to the threat to livelihood. In this context we have attempted to assess the awareness among people regarding the symptoms of COVID-19 and its prevention. This reliable questionnaire evaluates parameters pertaining to various socio-demographic aspects of COVID-19. This study aims to assess the current level of awareness of COVID 19 among patients visiting General Surgery department inSaveetha medical college and hospital through a well-designed questionnaire. The data was collected in person from a sample of 300 respondents during the peak of this pandemic.
The main objective of this study was to study the COVID-19 awareness and prevention methods among patients and attenders coming as out-patients and in-patients in General Surgery department, Saveetha medical college and hospital. Majority of the study participants were from suburban regions and this study revealed that most participants were not adequately aware about COVID-19 transmission and prevention methods. Age, education and occupation were significant factors that improved the level of awareness.Empowering the public with information regarding the epidemiology of COVID-19 is essential. Medical professionals can be helpful in educating other groups and they can also communicate with health care providers in order to control COVID-19 outbreak
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