KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICES TOWARDS COVID-19

  1. DR. MUHAMMAD NOUMAN FAHEEM, AZIZ FATIMAH TRUST HOSPITAL, FAISALABAD
  2. DR. ABDUL WAHAB, FEDERAL MEDICAL AND DENTAL COLLEGE, ISLAMABAD
  3. DR. MUBASHIR HASSAN, FEDERAL MEDICAL AND DENTAL COLLEGE ISLAMABAD
Corresponding Author: Dr. Muhammad Nouman Faheem, AZIZ FATIMAH TRUST HOSPITAL, FAISALABAD, nouman.bhatti@hotmail.com
DOI: http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3924652
Cite this article as: Faheem MN, Wahab A, Hasan M. Knowledge, Attitude and Practices towards COVID-19. Int. J. Med. Dent. Allied Health Sci. 2020;2(6). 122-30

ABSTRACT: COVID-19 is an emerging respiratory infection that belongs to the larger family of ribonucleic acid (RNA) viruses, leading to infections, from the common cold, to more serious diseases, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The main symptoms of COVID-19 have been identified as fever, dry cough, fatigue, myalgia, shortness of breath, and dyspnoea. The knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) toward COVID-19 play an integral role in determining a society’s readiness to accept behavioural change measures from health authorities. This study was conducted in general population of the local cities i.e. Faisalabad and Islamabad. All the data was collected on a predefined proforma. A total of 120 people was included. Out of 120, eighty-five were males and thirty-five were females. The mean age of the people included in the study was 34.56±2.34 years. Out of 120, ninety people knew about the COVID-19 recent epidemic, thirty were unaware about the disease. Most of the people knew about the symptoms i.e. fever or difficulty breathing, dry cough or tiredness. Most participants knew that people who had contact with an infected person should be immediately isolated for a period of 14 days. Out of 120 people, seventy-two people were seen wearing a proper mask. Rest of the people were not wearing the surgical masks. Most of them told that, they are using hand-sanitizers and taking all kind of preventive measures to combat this situation.

Keywords: Knowledge, Attitude, Practices, COVID-19