Awareness, Attitude and Practices Related to COVID-19 Pandemic in General Public of Province Sindh, Pakistan
The outbreak of COVID-19 started from Wuhan, China and spread throughout the world, from the day it infected first person until now it has been the leading cause of death in 2020. It has changed the daily life routine of people and is responsible for the adaptation of practices as precautionary measures the current study was aimed “to assess the knowledge of the public about COVID-19 and to investigate their attitude and practices during lockdown”.
It was a cross sectional study conducted by the Masters in Healthcare Management students of Ziauddin University Karachi, from 28 March to 5 April 2020 during COVID-19 Pandemic Lock down. The sample size was n=384. A questionnaire based on three forms was formulated to record the Knowledge Attitude and Practice of people about COVID-19 and data was analyzed.
In the study, 53.5% (316) were male and 46.8% (282) were female participants, most of them were from Karachi 62.1% (374), 42.4% (255) were highly educated (masters) and 47% (283) were health care providers (Doctors, Nurses, and Paramedic Staff etc.). As far as, attitude is concerned people showed a positive response towards Government policies announced for this pandemic and they were following a good hygiene practice.
The participants showed much (76%) awareness regarding this pandemic i.e., COVID-19, its outbreak and basic knowledge about it. Most of them were satisfied by the measures taken by the Government of Province Sindh.