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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46-51

Assessment of knowledge and awareness of general public on COVID-19 in Hyderabad city: A cross-sectional study


Department of Pediatric and Preventive Denristry, Army College of Dental Sciences, Secunderabad, Telangana, India

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Dr. M Divya Banu
Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Army College of Dental Sciences, Secunderabad – 500 083, Telangana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jdrntruhs.jdrntruhs_75_21

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Background: Coronavirus disease, also called COVID-19, is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Since it has turned to be a pandemic, the main management aims at prevention protocols. It is important to understand the knowledge and awareness levels of the general public regarding this infection to form guidelines and implement them. Objectives: The study is focused on the evaluation of knowledge and awareness levels, their attitude, and the practices being followed by both adults and children in Hyderabad about the COVID-19 pandemic and thus, helping in eliminating possible barriers related to implementation and practicing of guidelines by the public and formation of customized guidelines for the population under study. Methodology: A cross-sectional online questionnaire study was conducted among the general population of Hyderabad during the peak incidence of COVID-19 cases in the city. The questionnaire consisted of 22 questions which were divided into two parts: Sociodemographic details and the COVID-19 questionnaire. Results: A total of 682 responses were obtained from all age groups (20 years and above) with varied frequency. Nearly 98% population was aware of the ongoing pandemic and the majority knew the important details about the virus. 93% public followed a combination of preventive measures. The majority of children were staying at home. Only 18% were aware of the helpline numbers. Conclusion: The main strategy to prevent or limit COVID-19 is campaigns and events to enhance health education and awareness. Also, changing the attitude of the public and forming strict guidelines will help in the long run.


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