Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Knowledge and Awareness: A Survey on Junior High School Students


Authors : Abdul-Razak Issah; Esmerlinda Korkor Ofoe; Alhassan Suleiman

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 5 - May

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The novel coronavirus was characterised by the World Health Organization as a pandemic; its sporadic spread across the globe had already infected millions of people globally. The emergence of the pandemic momentously impacted the study life of many students globally including junior high school students in Ghana. This study assessed the knowledge and awareness of Junior High School students on the novel coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic in the Eastern and Northern Regions of Ghana. This cross-sectional survey was designed to solicit information on respondent’s biodata, knowledge on COVID-19, symptom, prevention measures and information sources about COVID-19. A multistage sampling technique was employed to collect data from 120 respondents and data analysis was performed using simple frequency tables, percentages, graphs and charts. Results indicated that the respondents were aptly aware and had adequate knowledge of COVID-19, its symptoms, people susceptible to the disease and prevention. The majority of the respondents had their information source about COVID-19 from television and radio, family and friends, government officials and that of internet and social media. Despite having thorough knowledge about COVID-19, few respondents still had misconception regarding the transmission and prevention of the disease. There is still the need for pragmatic efforts by the government, educational authorities and other stakeholders for the continuation of community and inschool sensitization on COVID-19. Imparting knowledge and creating awareness effectively and efficiently on COVID-19 will go a long way to instil good behavioural change on respondent’s attitudes towards COVID-19 and curtailing the spread, prevention and control of the disease and demystifying its misconception.

Keywords : Awareness, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Knowledge, Pandemic, Junior High School

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