A Cross-sectional Study on Omicron - Knowledge and Practice among COVID Recovered Adults in Chengalpattu District

  • TK Raja Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education (CARE), Kelambakkam, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • M Buvnesh Kumar Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education (CARE), Kelambakkam, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • J Divyaparvathy Postgraduate, Department of Community Medicine, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education (CARE), Kelambakkam, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • S Sasithra Postgraduate, Department of Community Medicine, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education (CARE), Kelambakkam, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India.
Keywords: COVID-19, Knowledge, Practice, Preventive Measures

Abstract

Introduction: India is one of the top three countries in the world with more than 10 million confirmed cases. Ever since the emergence of this COVID-19 pandemic, many SARS-CoV-2 mutations have been identified all over the globe and the latest to this addition is the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Only when there is adequate knowledge about the pandemic, we can handle the situation with ease. The main aim of the study is to assess the prevalence of knowledge and awareness about COVID-19 among COVID-19 recovered adults in the rural population of Chengalpattu district and to assess the prevalence of standard practising methods followed by them.
Methodology: It is a cross-sectional study. It used a semi-structured questionnaire that had three segments like sociodemographic profile, awareness related to COVID-19 and practice related to COVID-19. Scores were given to knowledge and practice related questions and the cumulative score for the same was taken into consideration.
Results: 94 participants were middle-aged people with a mean age of 37.48 ± 13.096 years. Overall, 68% of participants had good knowledge about COVID and its preventive measures and only 14.1% of participants followed proper practices with regard to COVID-19 and its preventive measures.
Conclusion: The gap between knowledge and practice is critical and needs special attention. Practice among the rural population can be improved with effective health education.

How to cite this article:
Raja TK, Kumar MB, Divyaparvathy J, Sasithra S. A Cross-sectional Study on Omicron- Knowledge and Practice among COVID Recovered Adults in Chengalpattu District. J Commun Dis. 2022;54(1):54-59.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24321/0019.5138.202250

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Published
2022-03-31