COVID-19 – what do we know and how are we dealing with it? A quick online cross-sectional study in India

Verma, Ashwani and Gunjawate, Dhanshree R and Bhushan Kumar, Sanny and CNV, Sai Bharath and Ravi, Rohit (2021) COVID-19 – what do we know and how are we dealing with it? A quick online cross-sectional study in India. Journal of Health Research, 35 (4). pp. 292-306.

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Abstract

Purpose – Coronavirus disease 2019 is a global public health emergency affecting almost the entire world. The exponential spread of the infection has become a matter of concern. The study aims to determine how well people in India know about COVID-19 outbreak and actions taken to cope up during lockdown. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 5,000 randomly selected participants were sent the survey link, of which 1,526 responded (response rate of 30.5%). The survey was conducted from March 28 till March 31, 2020. The 20-item questionnaire aimed to determine how well people know about COVID-19 outbreak as well as actions taken to cope up during the lockdown. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize the findings. Findings – Participants exhibited good knowledge about the primary and secondary symptoms of COVID-19 and infection spread. Over 95% participants knew preventive measures such as use of masks, sanitizers and hand wash. And, 80% of the participants felt that steps taken by the government are effective, while 93% opined that lockdown would be effective. There was apprehension regarding the infection spread, its containment and age group affected. Over 60% referred the World Health Organization website as their source of information. During the lockdown, participants engaged in homebased exercise (39%) and yoga (28%) for fitness while used social media (64%) and television (63%) for entertainment. Originality/value – Although participants exhibited good knowledge related to symptoms and preventive measure related to COVID-19, the beliefs related to infection spread and containment need to be addressed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Lockdown, India
Subjects: Allied Health > Mangalore Campus > Speech and Hearing
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2021 10:51
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2021 10:51
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/157529

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