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COVID-19 Related Knowledge, Risk Perceptions, and Practices amongst Irish Residents

School of Food Science and Environmental Health, College of Sciences and Health, Technological University Dublin—City Campus, Central Quad, Grangegorman, D07 ADY7 Dublin, Ireland
Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute, Technological University Dublin—City Campus, Grangegorman, D07 H6K8 Dublin, Ireland
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Academic Editor: Guglielmo Campus
Received: 2 July 2021 / Revised: 28 July 2021 / Accepted: 28 July 2021 / Published: 31 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advancement in the Management of COVID-19)
The COVID-19 disease was declared a global pandemic by the 11th of February 2020, presenting a major threat to public health worldwide. Success in the battle against COVID-19 depends on public adherence to control measures. Their adherence is greatly affected by their knowledge, perceptions, and practices; therefore, the aim of this study was to assess and understand the knowledge, perceptions, practices, and trusted information sources of COVID-19 among Irish residents. A quantitative survey was performed by means of an online questionnaire, which comprised five sections to collect data regarding demographics, knowledge, perceptions, practices, and information sources. A total of 1007 participants completed the online survey between February and March 2021. The majority of respondents (69.4% female and 30.3% male) had a correct rate of knowledge (88%) and practices (68.1%), with health organisations being the most trusted information source (70.7%); 87.4% understand good mask etiquette. Only 53.7% agreed that closing schools or mass gathering events are an effective way to reduce the spread of the virus, while 81.3% are aware that COVID-19 is more severe than the flu; 64% of respondents said that the pandemic has negatively affected their mental health. It was observed that a higher level of knowledge is positively correlated with good practices. The study concludes that most of the respondents have shown a good level of knowledge and right practices towards the COVID-19 pandemic, and that the higher the level of knowledge of individuals, the better the COVID-19 safety practices are that they perform. It has been observed that the continuous improvement on an individual’s level of knowledge of COVID-19 is essential to maintain good safety practices and reduce the spread. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; coronavirus; knowledge; perceptions; practices COVID-19; coronavirus; knowledge; perceptions; practices
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Temple, E.; Jaiswal, A.K.; Jaiswal, S. COVID-19 Related Knowledge, Risk Perceptions, and Practices amongst Irish Residents. COVID 2021, 1, 166-185.

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Temple, Emma, Amit K. Jaiswal, and Swarna Jaiswal. 2021. "COVID-19 Related Knowledge, Risk Perceptions, and Practices amongst Irish Residents" COVID 1, no. 1: 166-185.

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