COVID-19 knowledge, attitudes, and practice factors among students at the University of Tabuk 2021

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Authors: Ehab Ahmed M Frah and AbdAllah Ahmed Alkhalifa
Page Range: 151-158
Published in: International Public Health Journal, 14#2 (2022)
ISSN: 1947-4989

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Unprecedented public health measures have been applied by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) since early 2020 to contain the viral spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic, including efforts to increase public knowledge and promote positive attitudes toward the virus and health measures to minimize its spread. This study explores the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) of 1,818 Tabuk University students about COVID-19, using a cross-sectional, self-reported, online survey questionnaire. Assessing mean score differences identified that most respondents had a high level of COVID-19 knowledge (1.5, standard deviation [SD] = 0.33); positive attitudes (1, SD = 0.71), and good practices (3.7, SD = 0.62). There were statistically significant correlations in scores related to participant gender, age, and faculty. The main findings suggest the efficacy of targeted health educational interventions for groups with higher vulnerability, which can significantly increase knowledge.

Keywords: COVID-19, knowledge, attitudes, practices, Saudi Arabia