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COVID-19 Epidemic in Bangladesh among Rural and Urban Residents: An Online Cross-Sectional Survey of Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices

Reviewer 1: Anonymous
Reviewer 2: Anonymous
Reviewer 3: Anonymous
Reviewer 4: Hsiao-Hsien Lin
Received: 29 October 2020 / Revised: 21 November 2020 / Accepted: 9 December 2020 / Published: 22 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Evolving COVID-19 Epidemiology and Dynamics)

Round 1

Reviewer 1 Report

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Reviewer 2 Report

The aim of this study was to evaluate local knowledge, attitudes, practices  among urban and rural residents, their psychosocial aspects, and predictors of preventive practices associated with COVID-19 in Bangladesh.

This study is well designed. However, there are some issues that must be addressed.

In the Abstract: 

  • indicate the exact p-value

In the Introduction:

  • add hypothesis (end of the introduction)

In the Methods section:

Statistical analysis: Are data normally distributed ?

Results: You should add the calculation of the required sample size

 

 

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Reviewer 3 Report

It is not scientifically admissible that 4 psychological constructs such as anxiety,

hypochondria, depression, social phobia, are evaluated based on 5 questions. There are many validated instruments to assess each of these aspects.

It presents errors in the citation of the introduction, some do not follow the citation system established by the journal. They must incorporate more recent references.

Bearing in mind that the country has 168 million inhabitants, a sample of 1,520 is absolutely irrelevant as an indicator of the functioning of the population of that country.

In the discussion, they should refer to more current studies. In recent months there are many publications on this topic.

The references are not correctly presented.

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Reviewer 4 Report

Dear author

This manuscript mainly understands the health protection awareness of Bangladeshi citizens in difficult environments. This will help the local government to review the current situation of epidemic prevention decision-making, which is a good topic. But there are some problems, please correct them.

1. Abstract
On line 35. The value of (43.4%) in the description, what problem do you mean?
In the final result of this manuscript, what advice would you give to the relevant local units or objects? Can you give more specific explanations?
2.Introduction
"KAP" is usually based on knowledge, attitude and practice to conduct investigations. The types and topics that can be used are quite extensive. Although this term is quite professional, in order to make readers a clearer understanding of the direction the author wants to show, please explain in the Introduction article, what is the content of "KAP" in the topic.
There are many KAP research results on COVID-19, and there are also related scholars discussing together on urban and rural areas. It is recommended that researchers include relevant research results and discuss with the original motivation and results of this article. Such as: doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0239254. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2020.04.012. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17134694. doi: 10.7150/ijbs.45221.
3.Materials and Methods
The author relied on very professional survey tools for research. However, in the research method chapter, the author needs to describe the process in detail to prove the rigor of the research. Therefore, it is recommended to supplement the research framework diagram and description, and explain the Cronbach’s Alpha value of 20 topics.
4.Results and Discussion
Please add Figure 1-3 and Table 2-4 to explain the meaning of the data.
Such as Line 162-165. The author shows that the defense consciousness of urban residents is higher than that of rural residents. This is a very exciting research result (Line 244-254), but what is not understood is what is the reason for this phenomenon? What is the significance of this result? ? If the author can explain it, I believe it can make readers more aware of the researchers' major contributions.
5. Conclusions
Compared with the abstract process, the conclusion is more suitable for extracting the key points and adding to the abstract content. It is recommended to adjust.
I look forward to reading the revised content again.
 

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Round 2

Reviewer 3 Report

Dear authors, excuse me for the insistence, but psychological factors such as anxiety, hypochondria, depression and social phobia cannot be evaluated with 5 questions. This is a big mistake. To assess whether there is anxiety, hypochondria, depression or social phobia, it is necessary to do a psychological evaluation, at least with the evaluation instrument  that exist for this purpose. You can't talk about percentages of people with anxiety, depression, social phobia or hypochondria after asking only 5 questions. With the instrument used to evaluate they cannot say: “People subsequently suffered from anxiety (62%), hypochondriasis (56.8%), depression (54.5%), boredom (51.9%), and social phobia (43.4%) during this pandemic. “ (lines 36-38), “More than sixty percent of the respondents reported psychosocial problems associated with 205 COVID-19, such as anxiety (62%), followed by hypochondriasis (56.8%), depression (54.5%), boredom (51.9%), and social phobia (43.4%)” (lines 204-210) and therefore they cannot conclude that “The results of this study are consistent with existing literature, showing that serious psychosocial problems (anxiety, depression, hypochondriasis, social phobia and boredom) associated with COVID-19 are present among most rural and urban respondents” (lines 273-275). I repeat that the presence of anxiety, depression, hypochondria or social phobia cannot be known only by 5 questions. The only option would be to remove from the whole article, everything that refers to these psychological aspects. They would have to remove it from the title, summary, material and method, results, discussion and study limitations. You can't evaluate and talk about data on these psychological aspects just based on 5 questions, it's a very serious mistake, and therefore they can't talk about these psychological aspects.

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Reviewer 4 Report

Dear author
Glad to receive the author's reply. With the efforts of the author, the manuscript has been refined.
It is hoped that the manuscript can provide greater contributions to follow-up research.
Best regards,

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Round 3

Reviewer 3 Report

Dear authors. Thank you very much for attending to the suggestions and making the requested changes.

Best regards.

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