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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 239-244

Awareness and commitment towards precautionary measures against COVID-19 among residents of Majmaah City, Saudi Arabia

1 Department of Community Medicineand PublicHealth, College of Medicine, Majmaah University, Buraydah, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Applied Medical Sciences, Buraydah Private Colleges, Buraydah, Saudi Arabia
3 Medical Student, College of Medicine, Majmaah University, Al Majmaah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Riyaz Ahamed Shaik
Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Majmaah University, P.O. Box.66, Al Majmaah-11952
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aihb.aihb_40_21

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Introduction: The continued explosive spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 worldwide is a crucial problem for all countries. Even though it is becoming increasingly difficult to stop the spread of the virus according to the World Health Organisation, countries need to enforce strict measures to minimise its effects. This study attempts to assess the awareness and compliance of the local population for following the precautionary measures against. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out at different districts of Majmaah city, Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional survey study was carried out at different districts of Majmaah city, Saudi Arabia, and 502 individual's respondents were included in the study. Data were collected using a self-↱administered questionnaire for noting compliance towards protective measures. All participants were informed about the nature of the study and given an informed consent form. Data were collected and analysed using [email protected] 25 (SPSS Version 25.0. Armonk, Newyork: IBM Corp). Categorical variables were expressed as frequencies and percentages. t-test was applied to compare mean scores.Results: There were 502 people who participated in this study, among them 260 (51.8%) were males and 242 (48.2%) females. This study highlighted that the population awareness was good and residents showed strong commitment towards coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) precautionary measures. The overall mean scores for awareness and commitment levels were 6.68 ± 1.04 and 4.00 ± 1.13. Conclusions: Most participants in the study had a positive perception of COVID-19 prevention and control. Residents of Saudi Arabia responded well to the threat imposed by COVID-19 and are following their government and health regulatory body's instructions. It is therefore suggested that this would also be a valuable resource for policymakers of Saudi Arabia

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