Knowledge and Awareness of General People about Covid19 Infection, an Online Study in Eastern India
Keywords:Covid 19, HADS, Depression., Anxiety
Background: The biggest pandemic of this decade has caused global, social, and economic disruption (1).
Misinformation spread via news and social media has created widespread xenophobia, discrimination, fear,
misbehavior to people, doctors, other health care workers (2) . All these factors put a huge burden on the mental
health of the population. In this background, we tried to assess the awareness about covid 19 after about one year
of struggle during the second wave.
Methodology: An anonymous questionnaire was prepared by the Department of Psychiatry of College of Medicine
& Sagore Dutta Hospital,Kolkata. The Questionnaire includes basic knowledge of the people, epidemiological
characteristics, anxiety, and depression. The Questionnaire circulated through the online platform. Responses
were recorded in the excel sheet.
Result: Most of the respondents (594, 98.7%) know that Covid 19 is a viral disease. 82.6% (497) people believe
that the most important aspect of this disease is infectivity and not mortality (93,15.4%). 80.6% believe that hand
washing, social distancing, lockdown all three are essential in containing the disease. Most of the participants were
happy with the steps taken by Government.
Discussion: Most of the participants in this study knew that covid 19 is a viral infection and the important aspect
of the disease is infectivity, not mortality. So the majority of the persons were aware of the basic pathology of the
disease. And they believe that safety measures will restrict disease.
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