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Knowledge, attitude, and practice toward the novel coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak: A cross-sectional study in Palestine


1 Department of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, Hebron, Palestine
2 Department of Mathematics, College of Science & Technology, Hebron University, Hebron, Palestine

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Hatem A Hejaz,
Department of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, Hebron University, P.O. Box 40, Hebron.
Palestine
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/abhs.abhs_16_22

Background: Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is a global concern and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it as a public health emergency of international concern. Objectives: This study aimed to assess knowledge, attitude, and practices (KAP) toward COVID-19 among the general population of Palestine at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted using an online questionnaire; a series of questions regarding the KAP of the population about COVID-19 was asked, and participants’ demographic characteristics and source of information regarding COVID-19 were collected and analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software program, version 26.0. Results: Seven hundred twenty-four individuals participated in this study. The average age of the participants was 28 years (standard deviation [SD] = 10.7), the majority were females 558 (77.1%), with a bachelor’s degree 480 (66.3%), and 229 (31.6%) students. Most of them from Hebron governorate 609 (84.1%) and many of them reported that they wear a mask when they leave their house and avoid shaking hands, 494 (68.2%), 424 (58.6%), respectively. The results indicate that Palestinians have a good level of knowledge about COVID-19 with a positive attitude and good compliance with Palestinian government measures. The result showed a significant correlation between female gender, higher age, and higher education with KAP. However, male gender, nonhealth-care-related professions, single, and lower level of education were significantly associated with lower knowledge scores. There was no clear satisfaction with the government’s role in limiting and controlling the spread of COVID-19. Conclusions: Palestinian population showed decent knowledge, appropriate practice, and a positive attitude toward the COVID-19 outbreak.


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