Awareness Assessment regarding COVID-19 among Population - A Cross-Sectional Online Study
Background and Objective: Corona virus disease (COVID-19) is a very contagious disease. The study was conducted with aim to assess the awareness towards Corona virus disease among the population. Awareness towards the disease is important for prevention and control.
Methodology: The research design was descriptive cross-sectional design. The study was conducted online in India due to COVID-19 crisis and lockdown. A structured awareness questionnaire was distributed to subjects by using social media platform. The questionnaire was based on information by the WHO. In present study, 585 subjects were included in the study by non-randomized snowball sampling technique.
Result: In the present study, almost two third i.e. 66.2% of the respondents were females while; one third (33.8%) were males. Majority of the subjects (46%) learned about COVID-19 from social media. Awareness towards spread of disease and supportive treatment were 92.2% and 74% respectively. Additionally, majority i.e. 97% respondents knew the measures to be done if COVID-19 symptom occurs. In terms of affected by COVID-19, more than half i.e. 55.9% stated that all age groups are equally at risk followed by 39.7% disagreed with this statement, while 4.4% had no idea. Furthermore, towards COVID-19 management, 84.3% responses were correct. The overall awareness regarding COVID-19 was 74.2%.
Conclusion: Upon understanding the percentage of people not aware about the age groups this virus will be affecting, keeping in mind good amount of knowledge amongst individuals about maintaining hygiene and social distancing, this survey would help the health care workers to create awareness regarding the effect of this virus on different age groups to help prevent carelessness amongst youth in following the regime. Furthermore, awareness among population towards the disease is crucial to minimize morbidity and mortality due to the disease.
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Kaur H, Kaur S, Pushpa, Pareek S. Awareness Assessment regarding COVID-19 among Population - A Cross-Sectional Online Study. Int J Nurs Midwif Res 2020; 7(2): 16-20.
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