Knowledge about COVID-19 among Citizens in Thi-Qar Governorate/Iraq: an Online Survey

Authors

  • Fatima J. Shinjar1 ., and Ali T. Hameed2, Hussein A. Dabis1

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i1.13703

Keywords:

COVID-19, Coronavirus disease, Knowledge, Control, Iraq

Abstract

Epidemics of infectious disease, such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), necessitates knowledge
assessment of pertinent populations as fast as possible because the findings are of great importance to the
public health response. This study aims to (i) Assess the knowledge of Iraqi residents about COVID-19 and
(ii) Identify the relationship between certain demographic features and the overall knowledge. This study
was conducted in Thi-Qar governorate/Iraq, the researcher used an electronic survey questionnaire (using
google form), the Uniform Resource Locator was distributed through social media platforms with brief
introduction concerning the study. The tool of the study (questionnaire) involved of two parts: demographics
(4 items) and knowledge questionnaire (3 sub-domains including 12 items). The total correct answers rate
was (88.1%). Lowest answers rate scored in routes of transmission sub-domain (82.5%) while control and
prevention (92.7%) sub-domain scored the highest rate. Mean knowledge score of 10.57 (standard deviation:
1.5, Range: 0-12). Also, results display highly significant relationships between overall knowledge and
demographic characteristics (P <0.001).
Conclusion: Most well-educated Iraqi residents, particularly males, are knowledgeable about COVID-19.
However, this result should be generalized with caution due to limited sample representativeness.

Author Biography

Fatima J. Shinjar1 ., and Ali T. Hameed2, Hussein A. Dabis1

1Assistant Lecturer, Adult Nursing Department, College of Nursing/University of Thi-Qar/Iraq,
2
Assistant Lecturer, Nursing Department, Technical Institute-Nasiriya/Southern Technical University/Iraq

Published

2020-12-31

How to Cite

Fatima J. Shinjar1 ., and Ali T. Hameed2, Hussein A. Dabis1. (2020). Knowledge about COVID-19 among Citizens in Thi-Qar Governorate/Iraq: an Online Survey. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(1), 1999-2005. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i1.13703