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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 10, Issue:6, June, 2021

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
Issues : 12 per year
Publisher : Excellent Publishers
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2021.10(6): 337-343

Knowledge and Attitude towards COVID -19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) Pandemic among MBBS Students of Second Professional Year of a Tertiary Teaching Hospital in Banaskantha District of Gujarat
Radhika Khara*, Amar C. Sajjan, Anil Chaudhary and Aarushi Agrawal
Department of Microbiology, Banas Medical College and Research Institute, At & Post-Moriya, Palanpur, Banaskantha, Gujarat -385001, India
*Corresponding author

After the declaration of COVID-19 as pandemic by WHO on 11th March 2020, the media – electronic, print and social, was flooded with the information on COVID-19. However, it is important to have correct and precise information for the people to follow the preventive measures. Thus considering our medical students of second professional year as source of information to the community it was important to assess their knowledge and attitude towards this health crisis in the country. Faculty prepared questions to assess knowledge and attitude of the students. Also a feedback at the end of the study was taken from the students. A total of 116 students, out of the class of 147 students, participated voluntarily. Almost 96.6% knew what 2019n-Cov stands for but only 60.3% knew the exact full form of COVID-19; 77.6% chose transmission modes correctly; 96.6% knew the incubation period, 67.2% were aware of the diagnostic methods, 99.1% agreed that the people having history of travel to countries affected with COVID-19 should be quarantined for 14 days; 20.7% thought that covering nose/mouth while sneezing/coughing with bare hands is a cough etiquette, 88.8% & 64.7% knew the definitions of pandemic & stage 3 transmission respectively; 85.3% expressed the need of correct information from teachers/institution. The analysis of the responses indicated that the students had adequate information yet some aspects needed to be corrected to prevent the spread of wrong information in the community. Hence an online class was conducted to give the correct information and to resolve their queries. A feedback on the study was also obtained. Almost all the student agreed that this study and the online session gave them the opportunity to learn more about COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords: Bats, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, pandemic, micro & macro droplets

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Radhika Khara, Amar C. Sajjan, Anil Chaudhary and Aarushi Agrawal. 2021. Knowledge and Attitude towards COVID -19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) Pandemic among MBBS Students of Second Professional Year of a Tertiary Teaching Hospital in Banaskantha District of Gujarat.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 10(6): 337-343. doi:
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