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Knowledge, Awareness and Perception of COVID-19 Pandemic Among Health Care Workers in a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospitals in Coastal South India

Bhaskaran Unnikrishnan1, Priya Rathi1, *, SuchitraM Shenoy2, Gautam Nandan3, Meenakshi Sanil3, Shwetansh Saxena3, HarshitRanjan Rai3
1 Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal. India
2 Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal. India
3 Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal. India

Abstract

Background:

It is crucial for frontline force such as Health care workers to be up-to-date with the knowledge of the trend of COVID-19 pandemic and its epidemiology. We conducted this study to assess the knowledge, awareness and perception of health care workers towards COVID-19 pandemic.

Method:

We performed a cross-sectional survey in the hospitals of coastal Karnataka among health care workers from February to May 2020.

Results:

A total of 197 Health care workers responded. Most of them were females (64%), physician (45%), with working experience of 1-10 years(77%). Five percent had a prior experience of outbreak. The survey showed that the study participants had knowledge about treatment and prevention to be taken. However, some of them were not aware about the recent updates on quarantine and sample testing. Most of them perceived this pandemic as important public health issue and were concerned that they might get infected in the course.

Conclusion:

There is a partial knowledge among HCWs regarding recent updates on COVID-19 pandemic and its related epidemiology. Hence, frequent session with the help of virtual media may be utilized to provide updates and counselling session by experts may be arranged to reduce the fear of pandemic.

Keywords: SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, South India, Physician, Nurses, Lab technician.


Article Information


Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2020
Volume: 14
Publisher Item Identifier (PII): BMS-TOPHJ-2020-HT1-1786-5

Article History:

Electronic publication date: 03/11/2020
Collection year: 2020

© 2020 Unnikrishnan et al.

open-access license: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY 4.0), a copy of which is available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode. This license permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Correspondence: Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India; Tel: +919632634147; Email: priya.rathi@manipal.edu


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