Evaluation of Knowledge and Awareness regarding COVID-19 Disease among Medical and Dental students in Saudi Arabia

Keywords: COVID-19, healthcare workers, pandemic, SARS-CoV-2

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the levels of information regarding the current emerging outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among medical and dental students at universities in Saudi Arabia through an online questionnaire. Methods: A detailed structured questionnaire was prepared, containing demographic profiles and questions related to knowledge and awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic, and was emailed to 240 subjects, out of these, 209 responded to all the questions. Results: The majority of the respondents were aware of the current and past epidemics of the coronavirus diseases, and they heard about SARS or MERS (89.5%) and the COVID-19 pandemic (94.7%). Internet was the main source of information (63.1%) followed by professors and physicians (24.2%), print media (6.1%), television (4%), and family or friends (2.5%). The majority of respondents received information about COVID-19 from the Ministry of Health (85.6%) and 44.5% of respondents participated in the COVID-19 symposium or conference. Respondents of the college of Medicine were more aware (96.1%) about COVID-19 than respondents of the college of Dentistry (86.2%; p=0.02). Conclusion: The study finds a high level of COVID-19 awareness among medical and dental students at KSA universities. However, there is a need to study in a community-level assessment regarding knowledge about COVID-19

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2020-09-30
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Saleem M, Alenazi F, Moursi SA, Ahmed HG, Alam MJ, Alzapni MIA, Jarallah GAS, Alanazi TB, Almusawi RAM, Alrashidi FA, Jarallah RAS, Beg MMA, Syed Khaja AS. Evaluation of Knowledge and Awareness regarding COVID-19 Disease among Medical and Dental students in Saudi Arabia. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2020Sep.30 [cited 2020Dec.4];32(3):486 -492. Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/1576
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