COVID-19 Pandemic: Knowledge, practices, and Barriers among Patients Attending gynae Outdoor
Objectives: To determine the knowledge about COVID-19 disease, practice towards its preventive measures, and barriers faced by the patients to adopt COVID-19 preventive measures.
Methodology: It was a descriptive study conducted at Sharif Medical and Dental College from August to September 2020. Data was collected on a structure proforma and analyzed using SPSS version 23.
Results: Total number of women were 398; their mean age was 27.75±5.16. Most of the participants have knowledge about the symptoms of COVID-19 disease, its mode of spread, and preventive measures however more than fifty percent (52.5%) of the participants were not aware of the fact that persons infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic can be a source of spreading infection to healthy individuals. Percentage of the participants who always practiced the preventive measures against COVID-19 was low. Level of awareness was significantly associated with age groups (p=0.01), occupation (0.00), education (0.00). However level of practice revealed significant association with occupation (p=0.02), education (p=0.00), and monthly income (p=0.01) The major barriers in adopting preventive measures against COVID-19 disease were uncertainty about COVID-19 pandemic (15.8%), followed by social fear (14.7%), limited availability of ace mask and hand sanitizers in 14.6% and lack of awareness in 13.9%.
Conclusion: Significant number of women was not aware of the fact that persons infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic can be a source of spreading infection to healthy individuals. Percentage of the participants who always practiced the preventive measures against COVID-19 was low. Uncertainty about pandemic was a major barrier in adopting preventive measures.
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