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IJSTR >> Volume 9 - Issue 4, April 2020 Edition



International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

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Assessment Of Awareness And Knowledge Towards Novel Coronavirus (Ncov) Amongst University Students In India

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AUTHOR(S)

Dr. Ansuman Samal, (Dr.) Jyotirmoyee Jena

 

KEYWORDS

Life styles, novel coronavirus, Students’ health,

 

ABSTRACT

Background: Life is full of uncertainties and many a times it confronts with various undesirable situations that create hindrances in living, leading, and maintaining a flourishing society. With globalization, when the barriers between the countries as well as the societies are diminishing and interconnectivity has grown to a all-time high position, frequent outbreak of various deadly and contagious ailments are often reported across the globe creating chaotic situations. In this regard, the recent outbreak of deadly novel coronavirus (nCoV) in Peoples’ Republic of China can be taken into account that has taken a heavy toll on human lives across many areas and currently the world is at an anxious position to respond towards this newfound calamity. Therefore, it’s high time for us to gauge the consciousness levels towards this deadly epidemic particularly amongst the young students which can be helpful in generating long term sustainable solutions. Objective: To assess the awareness and knowledge about the deadly novel coronavirus (nCoV) amongst the students’ community at two of the renowned deemed to be universities in the capital city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. Materials & Methods: A total of 621 feedbacks were collected from the students pursuing various undergraduate and post graduate courses at those universities. A self-administered questionnaire was used to capture their demographic profiles, lifestyle data, awareness and concerns towards the novel coronavirus (nCoV), and outlook towards leading a healthier life. Results: The results revealed many aspects towards the lifestyles of the students. Though they were somehow aware with the term novel coronavirus (nCoV) but a thorough knowhow gap was observed. Based on the findings some measures have been recommended in order to increase the awareness towards the diseases and take preventive actions against it. Epilogue: As the younger mass is the future of a community and often leads a very vibrant but asymmetrical lifestyle, it becomes important to capture their perceptions and carefully assess their modes of living in order to take preventive & corrective measures for a healthy future. Towards this, our study can provide necessary impetus for addressing the important issues like student’s physical and psychological health.

 

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