Awareness regarding Coronavirus pandemic among the population of Sindh, Pakistan: A cross-sectional study

  • Khalida Shaikh Liaquat university of medical and health sciences
  • Areeba Memon Aga Khan Hospital - Karachi
  • Irfan Ahmed Memon Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan
  • Zulfiqar Ali Laghari Sindh University, Jamshoro, Pakistan.
  • Abdul Moiz Memon Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan.

Abstract

Background: The appearance of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) triggered a severe global pandemic and is a major public health issue. As of now, there’s no approved antiviral treatment or vaccine present for this disease. Thus, proper management of such patients and strict practice of precautions by the general public is critical in saving the lives of people affected and stopping the transmission of the disease to those unaffected by it.
Methods: This is a cross-sectional descriptive study and was carried out in Sindh, Pakistan. 588 people from different cities of Sindh were asked to fill a questionnaire that tested their attitudes, knowledge and practices related to SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
Results: Television and other social media platforms have led to increased dissemination of knowledge among our population. Their increased understanding has led them to be more compliant with adopting precautionary measures, as frequent handwashing was seen in 89.8% and social distancing in 87.2%. Our results also showed greater prevalence of myths among our population.
Conclusion: Increased access to correct knowledge can help to dissipate misconceptions and help spread the accurate knowledge about the role that the public should play in reducing disease transmission.

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Published
2020-07-29
How to Cite
SHAIKH, Khalida et al. Awareness regarding Coronavirus pandemic among the population of Sindh, Pakistan: A cross-sectional study. Sukkur IBA Journal of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 28-36, july 2020. ISSN 2522-3003. Available at: <http://journal.iba-suk.edu.pk:8089/SIBAJournals/index.php/sjcms/article/view/573>. Date accessed: 23 sep. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.30537/sjcms.v4i1.573.