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INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH

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IJPR 9[3] July - September 2017 Special Issue

July - September 9[3] 2017

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COVID-19 Knowledge and Perception Among HealthCare Professionals in Two Arabian Gulf Countries

Author: NADA A.ALSALEH, ELHAM ALSHAMMARI, ALAA ALSHARIF , MESHARI ALHAMED, ABDULMOHSEN ALSALEH, ABEER ALSMARI, ANFAL ALSHAMMARI, AHLAM ALSHAMMARI
Abstract: Introduction: The WHO announced on 30 January 2020 the respiratory tract infection outbreak caused by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) that was first recognized in China to be a global public health emergency. Objective: To investigate healthcare professional's knowledge and awareness about COVID-19. Methods: The study was conducted across four hospitals in Saudi Arabia and two hospitals in Kuwait. The questionnaire was completed between 18th May and the end of June 2020. Results: A total of 460 healthcare professionals completed the questionnaire, 37.8%(n=174) were males. The age of the participants ranged from 18 to 64 and 80.4% (n=370) of the participants were aged 34 or below. Official government websites 54.8% (n=252) and social media 43.3% (n=199) were the major reliable information sources related to COVID-19. only 37% (n=170) mentioned that the coronavirus disease could transmit through contact. In addition, only 42% (n=191) of the study participants had the correct knowledge about the incubation period of the disease. Moreover, 43.5% (n=200) of the participants were able to identify the symptoms of COVID-19. Conclusion: The study recommended the need to focus more on educational and awareness programs targeting all healthcare professionals to ensure the best practice and provide the optimal care.
Keyword: Awareness; COVID-19; Global Health Emergency; Healthcare Professionals; Knowledge; Novel coronavirus; Outbreak; Saudi Arabia; Kuwait
DOI: https://doi.org/10.31838/ijpr/2021.13.01.015
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