Knowledge and Attitudes of University Students' toward COVID-19 Outbreak at Misan Governorate/Iraq: An Online Cross-Sectional Study

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Ghazwan Abdulhussein Al-Abedi, Aqeel Azeez Arrar

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Materials and Methods:Online cross‑sectional study was performed in November 2020 to assess knowledge and attitudes about coronavirus infection among university students in Misan Governorate, Iraq. A total of 796 students were recruited in this study and ages ranged from 18 to 40 years old.


Results: Among the respondents, 66% were female, the majority of participants 96.6% were undergraduate students, more than half of sample have contact to coronavirus patient 52.2%, and 78.1% of them were not infected. Majority of the participants showed moderate level of the knowledge 67.5%. About 74.6% of students demonstrated positive level of attitudes towards COVID-19. The study found a significant difference in knowledge scores across age, study field, contact to infected patient, and sources of information (p < 0.001). There was no significant difference found between the students' attitudes with their all of demographic data (p value > 0.05).


Recommendations:Therefore, these results can help in assessing the actual health situation and thus work on implementing preventive education programs and measures within the community in a more aggressive manner.

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Ghazwan Abdulhussein Al-Abedi, Aqeel Azeez Arrar. (2021). Knowledge and Attitudes of University Students’ toward COVID-19 Outbreak at Misan Governorate/Iraq: An Online Cross-Sectional Study. Annals of the Romanian Society for Cell Biology, 147–154. Retrieved from https://annalsofrscb.ro/index.php/journal/article/view/1493
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