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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-20

COVID 19 knowledge assessment: A step towards protecting health care workers

College of Nursing, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Ms. Sarita Ahwal
College of Nursing, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jascp.jascp_13_20

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Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious respiratory illness caused by a novel corona virus. Being at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, knowledge of disease among health care workers (HCWs) can influence their attitudes and practices towards infection control measures. Aims and objectives: This study aimed to evaluate the knowledge towards COVID-19 among the HCWs through an online survey. Material and Methods: An online cross-sectional survey was conducted among the HCWs in various health facilities of India in May, 2020. The HCWs included nurses, physicians, Lab technicians, Physiotherapists and Pharmacists. A 20-item structured knowledge questionnaire was developed by the researchers after extensive review of literature and experts inputs. The main domains of the questionnaire included structure of the virus, general symptoms of COVID-19 infection and infection prevention and control measures. Results: A total of 189 HCWs participated in the survey. Majority of participants were in the age group of 18–30 years (82%). About two third (63%) of HCWs were nurses and only 14% were physicians. A large proportion (70%) of the participants was found to have poor levels of knowledge on COVID-19 and infection control measures. Conclusions: Since the HCWs are at a higher quantum of being infected with COVID 19, it is therefore of paramount importance that HCWs must have adequate knowledge about all aspects of the disease including clinical presentation, diagnosis, management and infection control practices

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