Knowledge, Attitude and Risk Perception on Infection Control of SARS-CoV-2 in Indian Population | Abstract

International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences (IJMRHS)
ISSN: 2319-5886 Indexed in: ESCI (Thomson Reuters)


Knowledge, Attitude and Risk Perception on Infection Control of SARS-CoV-2 in Indian Population

Author(s):Parimalakrishnan S*, Saveen Kumar S, Atchayaa T and Jeevitha P

Background: During the year 2020 entire world has faced a challenging situation in managing and controlling a highly infectious disease called SARS-CoV-2. The entire world is fighting against this infectious disease to prevent transmission of nCOVI. To control the transmission, the government was continuously educating and creating awareness among the population. An attempt was made to access knowledge, attitude, and risk perception infection control of SARS-CoV-2 in the Indian population. Method: This study is an online-based descriptive cross-sectional carried out among 500 volunteers across India. A questionnaire was developed to access the knowledge, attitude, and risk perception of COVID19. The questionnaire was developed based on a literature review, in consultation with experts. The study was carried out using the Google Form and circulated via. Whatsapp and email. The responses were considered from the respondents who submitted the form within 30 minutes from the time they received it. Results: The level of infection control knowledge on COVID-19 was 64% whereas prevention attitude was calculated as 83.3% while risk perception was estimated as 79%. The significant difference emerges in infection knowledge and prevention attitude based on demographic details. Conclusion: Our findings suggest the need for effective and tailored health education programs aimed at improving COVID-19 knowledge, thereby leading to more favorable attitudes and implementation and maintenance of safe practice.

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