Awareness and Attitudes toward COVID-19 Pandemic among Elderly Population of West Bengal
Keywords:Attitude, Awareness, COVID-19, Elderly, West Bengal
Background: COVID-19 has emerged as a pandemic and it has had unprecedented negative impact on elderly population. A lack of awareness and poor understanding of the disease may result in rapid transmission of the disease. This study aimed to investigate the awareness and attitude toward COVID-19 among elderly population in West Bengal, India. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted with the help of an online questionnaire and sent to elderly population of West Bengal. The study comprised a series of questions regarding demography, family composition, awareness, attitudes, and practices as precautionary measures from COVID-19. Results: A total of 212 elderly respondents participated in this study comprising 55.66% of males and 44.34% are females. Overall 75.58 ± 3.21 respondents showed good knowledge and awareness about COVID-19. Avoiding social gathering (84.43%), preference to stay in home (76.89%), and wearing mask (74.06%) were the most common preventive measures taken by respondents that were followed using sanitizing (58.96%) and avoiding traveling (24.64%). Significantly more educated and employed respondents showed more considerable knowledge of the disease awareness. Conclusion: The study respondents showed adequate basic knowledge and awareness of COVID-19. There is a strong need to implement periodic educational interventions and training programs on infection control practices.
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