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Examining the Beliefs and Perceptions Associated to the COVID-19 Virus in the Wouri Division, Littoral Region of Cameroon

Version 1 : Received: 14 April 2020 / Approved: 16 April 2020 / Online: 16 April 2020 (16:30:09 CEST)

How to cite: Akwa Teh, E.; Teh, R.N. Examining the Beliefs and Perceptions Associated to the COVID-19 Virus in the Wouri Division, Littoral Region of Cameroon. Preprints 2020, 2020040287 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0287.v1). Akwa Teh, E.; Teh, R.N. Examining the Beliefs and Perceptions Associated to the COVID-19 Virus in the Wouri Division, Littoral Region of Cameroon. Preprints 2020, 2020040287 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0287.v1).

Abstract

COVID-19 virus has become a global threat to the human population and society. The virus which originated from China in December, 2019 has swept across continents in the world. Cameroon has been one of the countries with a high infectious rate in the recent period having a majority of the infectious cases in the Littoral region. Lack of awareness play a major role in the rise of COVID-19 cases. This paper examined the perceptions of the existence and spread of the COVID-19 virus in Wouri Division, Littoral Region of Cameroon. The study involved a qualitative survey designed by online questionnaires which were forwarded to the inhabitants of Wouri Division through e-mails and ‘WhatsApp’. The survey included the perception of the origin and existence of the COVID-19 virus, its mode of disease transmission, preventive and control measures. A total of 573 respondents were obtained (317 females and 256 males). From the results, although a greater proportion of the respondents showed knowledge towards the COVID- 19 virus existence, transmission and prevention that could lead to a reduction in the spread of the disease, our findings suggested that there’s more need for public sensitisation of the virus especially its method of transmission, control and prevention.

Subject Areas

perceptions; COVID-19; control; Wouri Division

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