Volume 8 Issue 6 (June, 2020)

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Knowledge, Attitude and Awareness on Covid-19 among the Interns in Dental Colleges in India- A Questionnaire-Based Survey
Md Siraj UR Rahman, Aparna. M, Tejal Ramchandra Ragji, Aishwarya Rani Samyuktha Dasari, Dani Mihir Tusharbhai, Davis Nadakkavukaran

Aim: The purpose of the study is to evaluate the awareness and attitude of interns as well as basic precautionary measures they undertake while handling patients, in various dental colleges regarding Coronavirus pandemic in India. Methodology: An online questionnaire was distributed among dentists across the interns in 5 dental colleges. 200 students participated in the study. The questionnaire was based on knowledge (3 questions), attitudes (3 questions) and practices (3 questions) of the dentists. Results: In the present survey study, it was observed that most of the respondents (143/200) were aware about the preliminary diagnostic methods of COVID-19. Around 156 respondents were also aware the basic signs as well as symptoms which COVID-19 patients generally presented which also made them more confident and precautious in taking preventive measures in handling such patients, if they arrived. Conclusion: Our study showed that the undergraduate dental students in different colleges in India are mindful, informed and well aware of the different clinical aspects of the COVID-19 disease and have good knowledge regarding the COVID-19 disease. Key words Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, Awareness, Undergraduate students.

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