COVID-19 AWARENESS, KNOWLEDGE, AND PERCEPTION IN THE POPULATION OF PAKISTAN

Authors

  • Muhammad Hammad Rasheed Baig Department of Pharmacy, The Sahara University Narowal, Pakistan
  • Irsa Rasheed Baig Department of Pharmacy, The Sahara University Narowal, Pakistan
  • Hammad Afzal Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Government College University Faisalabad, Pakistan.
  • Aysha Aslam Department of Pharmacy, Minhaj University, Lahore

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.56536/ijpihs.v4i1.80

Keywords:

COVID-19, Pandemic, SARS-CoV-2, Vaccine, Questionnaire

Abstract

Background: In 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak was intensifying, and a handful of confirmed cases in Pakistani citizens were recorded in the initial phases of the disease. During the whole nation's lockdown, this study evaluated Pakistanis' comprehension of and reactions to COVID-19. Objectives: The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of the knowledge, awareness, and perception of the coronavirus among Pakistani citizens. This study will pay particular attention to Pakistan's urban population. In order to boost the response to the COVID pandemic in Pakistan, the findings of this research will have an impact on the government's communication strategy and community participation, with an emphasis on young people and healthcare professionals. Methodology: Between July 20 and November 30, 2022, a survey was performed online in Pakistan. A number of websites and social media platforms, including one that did not require any data, widely disseminated the survey. On the basis of the information, awareness, contact to as well as faith in databases, as well as community and broadcasting perspectives, descriptive statistics were considered. Evaluations were compared to projections for mature people in the country in 2020. Results: Out of 11,235 participants (100%) about 77.72% were free of COVID-19's primary symptoms. More than 75% were properly informed about disease prevention. By educational level (p<0.001), work status (p<0.001), and nationality (p<0.001), there were significant differences. 21.86% of people said that they were at great threat of getting coronavirus. Conclusion: Strategic policy must be informed by an understanding of the information, attitudes, and behavior of those affected by the COVID-19 epidemic. The findings immediately address communication needs and gaps while also aiding in the public's comprehension of the coronavirus.

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Published

2023-03-01

How to Cite

Muhammad Hammad Rasheed Baig, Irsa Rasheed Baig, Hammad Afzal, & Aslam, A. (2023). COVID-19 AWARENESS, KNOWLEDGE, AND PERCEPTION IN THE POPULATION OF PAKISTAN. International Journal of Pharmacy & Integrated Health Sciences, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.56536/ijpihs.v4i1.80