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Awareness among medics and paramedics regarding proper use of masks during coronavirus disease-19 pandemic

Jyoti Arora, Vijay Kumar Roy, Sumit Garg, Nimarpreet Kaur, Pankaj Mehta, Asha Gandhi.


Abstract

Background: Coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 is a pandemic whose impact has now spread across the globe. There is hardly any country in any of the seven continents of the world where this virus has not spread out. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared this outbreak as pandemic. Since then, with the aim of curbing the spread of this infection, many governments have been implementing lockdowns in their respective countries, along with a number of new and altogether different rules and regulations in various aspects like travelling to abroad or even interstate journeys. Many instructions are being given to the citizens so as to avoid this infection. Out of these, frequent handwashing, wearing a mask, and social distancing are the three golden rules.

Aims and Objectives: After permission from Screening Ethical Committee of the Institute, this study was carried out having the novel idea to assess the awareness about the various concepts regarding the proper use of masks among the frontline health workers, that is, medicos and paramedicos, amidst this corona virus (CoV) pandemic.

Materials and Methods: The participation was purely volunteer in this cross-sectional study. In this online survey, a total of 490 subjects participated. The subjects were asked to fill one questionnaire that included a total of 21 questions, out of which actually 17 questions were actually to assess the knowledge about masks. The whole study was kept anonymous.

Results: The results showed that the medicos and paramedicos were sufficiently aware of the proper usage of masks, though the level of knowledge must be enhanced further and further by everyone.

Conclusion: As at this time, there are no specific vaccines or medicine as treatments for CoVs, so the statement – prevention is better than cure, gains much importance. The masks are just one of the various preventive measures against COVID-19.

Key words: Coronavirus Disease-19; Pandemic; Lockdowns; Awareness; Paramedicos; Questionnaire






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