Knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding second waves of COVID-19: A cross-sectional study among rural population in India
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 11, Pages 8670-8676
AbstractCoronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face. The aim of the present study was assess the Knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding of COVID-19: among rural population.Cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was conducted on rural people A total of 200 participants hailing from rural areas were enrolled.
Results: Most common source of information for the participants was through television (54.8%) and radio (49.2%). Only 77% claimed that they were using face mask and 72% claimed to be following social distancing. A large (60%) proportion of the participants did not know that COVID-19 could spread from asymptomatic patients. The mean (percentage) scores of knowledge, attitude, and practice were 21.26 (82%), 9.37 (92%), and 10.32 (86%), respectively. Education of participants was a key determinant for use of social distancing and face mask as a preventive tool. With increasing age, the practice of social distancing and the use of face mask were decreasing in our study.
Conclusion: Television/Radio channels form an important source of information and need to be used more effectively to educate the people about the disease and create awareness about effective preventive measures. People need to be educated about the role of asymptomatic carriers in spreading the disease.
Keywords: ( Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, Second wave, Covid 19)
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