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Assessment of Knowledge and Awareness among Dental Students on COVID-19 Prior to Opening of Colleges in Andhra Pradesh: A Questionnaire Survey

Anupama Masapu, Kodangala P Ashok, Jyothi Sangineedy, SS Manikanta Thirumalasetty, Abdul Riyaz Shaik, Lakshmi SD Ganni

Citation Information : Masapu A, Ashok KP, Sangineedy J, Thirumalasetty SM, Shaik AR, Ganni LS. Assessment of Knowledge and Awareness among Dental Students on COVID-19 Prior to Opening of Colleges in Andhra Pradesh: A Questionnaire Survey. J Health Sci Res 2021; 12 (1):5-7.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10042-1099

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 21-07-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Context: To assess the basic knowledge and awareness of the dental students about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Aims: The purpose of this study is to evaluate how well the dental students have the knowledge and awareness of COVID-19 in the event of the opening of dental colleges. Settings and design: A questionnaire survey containing 20 questions was prepared for the students of dental colleges in Andhra Pradesh and the link was sent to them. Materials and Method: The questionnaire was prepared on the basis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. An online survey was designed, and the link was forwarded to all undergraduates (UGs), interns, and postgraduates (PGs) of all dental colleges of Andhra Pradesh. Questions were prepared to examine the basic knowledge about COVID-19, and concerns and awareness around how to prevent exposure to coronavirus in the event of the opening of dental colleges in Andhra Pradesh. The link was forwarded to 3,000 students approximately, out of which only 750 gave the response. Statistical analysis: Statistical data were obtained from Google Forms, and comparative evaluation was done using the Pearson's Chi-square test among UG (group 1), interns (group 2), and PG students (group 3). Data are analyzed using SPSS software version 20. Results: Students have awareness regarding basic knowledge of coronavirus; most of them lack appropriate or exact knowledge of the precautionary measures to be taken before entering a clinic, or diagnostic methods for the confirmation of COVID-19 cases or donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE) in emergency situations or postexposure precautions. Key message: Opening of colleges has to be considered only after emphasizing the students by giving proper training sessions about COVID-19 protocol.

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