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Public Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice towards COVID-19 Pandemic in Saudi Arabia: A Web-Based Cross-Sectional Survey

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Department of Laboratory, Dhahran Eye Specialist Hospital, Ministry of Health, Dhahran 31942, Saudi Arabia
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Infectious Disease Unit, Specialty Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, Dhahran 31311, Saudi Arabia
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Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
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Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA
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College of Public Health, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam 31441, Saudi Arabia
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Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, Riyadh 11472, Saudi Arabia
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College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Madinah 42313, Saudi Arabia
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King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (Gen. Org.), Riyadh 11211, Saudi Arabia
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First Health Cluster in Eastern Province, Dammam 31444, Saudi Arabia
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College of Applied Medical Science, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah 21955, Saudi Arabia
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The Panuska College of Professional Studies, The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510, USA
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Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Dammam Medical Complex, Dammam 31463, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Pediatrics, Anak General Hospital, Qatif 31911, Saudi Arabia
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College of Medicine, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Al‐Kharj 11942, Saudi Arabia
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College of Clinical Pharmacy, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam 31441, Saudi Arabia
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Antoni Torres
Received: 11 December 2020 / Revised: 25 January 2021 / Accepted: 9 February 2021 / Published: 16 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Immunology and Infectious Diseases)
(1) Background: COVID-19 has become a worldwide public health problem. No previous study has investigated factors associated with COVID-19 knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) after completely lifting the curfew in all Saudi Arabia regions and cities. Therefore, adequate knowledge, a positive attitude, and correct control of COVID-19 are essential to eradicate the disease. Hence, this study aims to assess factors associated with KAP of COVID-19; (2) Methods: This cross-sectional web-based survey was performed with the participation of 4305 individuals aged over 15 years living in Saudi Arabia from 11 to 19 August 2020. They were included using the snowball sampling method; (3) Results: Of the 4305 participants, 94.9% were Saudis, 60% females, and 45.4% were in the age group of 20–34 years, 61.7% married, and 49.3% from the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Most of the participants demonstrated good KAP levels (89.6%, 87.2%, and 87.2%) towards the COVID-19 pandemic, respectively. In addition, most of the participants (85.8%) used the internet and social media as a source for COVID-19 information (4) Conclusions: The finding showed that most of the participants demonstrated good knowledge of COVID-19, positive attitudes, and demonstrated good practices for preventing the spread of disease infection. View Full-Text
Keywords: the coronavirus disease 2019; SARS-CoV-2; 2019-nCoV; awareness; public awareness; public practice; social distancing; preventive measures; perception; COVID-19; social media; KAP the coronavirus disease 2019; SARS-CoV-2; 2019-nCoV; awareness; public awareness; public practice; social distancing; preventive measures; perception; COVID-19; social media; KAP
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Alnasser, A.H.A.; Al-Tawfiq, J.A.; Al-Kalif, M.S.H.; Shahadah, R.F.B.; Almuqati, K.S.A.; Al-Sulaiman, B.S.A.; Alharbi, K.K.S.; Alabbad, F.Y.M.; Alabbad, J.Y.M.; Alquwaiz, I.A.I.; Almashama, I.K.I. Public Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice towards COVID-19 Pandemic in Saudi Arabia: A Web-Based Cross-Sectional Survey. Med. Sci. 2021, 9, 11. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medsci9010011

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Alnasser AHA, Al-Tawfiq JA, Al-Kalif MSH, Shahadah RFB, Almuqati KSA, Al-Sulaiman BSA, Alharbi KKS, Alabbad FYM, Alabbad JYM, Alquwaiz IAI, Almashama IKI. Public Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice towards COVID-19 Pandemic in Saudi Arabia: A Web-Based Cross-Sectional Survey. Medical Sciences. 2021; 9(1):11. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medsci9010011

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Alnasser, Ali H.A., Jaffar A. Al-Tawfiq, Mohammed S.H. Al-Kalif, Rubayyi F.B. Shahadah, Khawlah S.A. Almuqati, Bashayer S.A. Al-Sulaiman, Khulud K.S. Alharbi, Fatimah Y.M. Alabbad, Jamilah Y.M. Alabbad, Ibrahim A.I. Alquwaiz, and Ibrahim K.I. Almashama 2021. "Public Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice towards COVID-19 Pandemic in Saudi Arabia: A Web-Based Cross-Sectional Survey" Medical Sciences 9, no. 1: 11. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medsci9010011

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