A Cross Sectional Study to Assess the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Toward Covid-19 among the Arts and Science Students in Farasan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Keywords:Knowledge, Attitude, & Practice of COVID 19, Arts and science students,
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new variable of the Coro-naviridae
family. COVID-19 spreads primarily by contacting the virus either from a COVID-19-infected individual
through coughing or sneezing or from COVID-19-contaminated surfaces. A Descriptive cross-sectional
survey of 200 participants, was conducted to explore the awareness, attitude and practice of COVID-19
among the arts and science students studying in University college of Farasan. Results: Of all the participants,
58% showed a moderate level of awareness, 70% presented a high attitude and 56% presented an adequate
practice regarding COVID-19. Significant positive correlation between awareness-attitude (r = 0.156,
p-value < 0.001) and attitude-practice (r = 0.192, p-value < 0.001) were found. Majority of students with
non-medical background agreed that the patient with COVID-19 could remain asymptomatic (p < 0.01)
while considering the transmission route, the students from non-nursing background students were found
more conscious (p < 0.01) that infection could spread through personal contact, respiratory droplets and
possibly by faeces. Despite the moderate public awareness, their attitude and practice were better. Therefore,
public awareness must be improved to be prepared for epidemic and pandemic situations.
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