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Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices regarding Long-Term Complications of COVID-19 among a Sub-Urban Population in Sri Lanka

Version 1 : Received: 22 December 2021 / Approved: 24 December 2021 / Online: 24 December 2021 (23:40:18 CET)

How to cite: Witharana, C.; Siridewa, K.; Weerasinghe, M.; Karunathilake, I. Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices regarding Long-Term Complications of COVID-19 among a Sub-Urban Population in Sri Lanka. Preprints 2021, 2021120413 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202112.0413.v1). Witharana, C.; Siridewa, K.; Weerasinghe, M.; Karunathilake, I. Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices regarding Long-Term Complications of COVID-19 among a Sub-Urban Population in Sri Lanka. Preprints 2021, 2021120413 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202112.0413.v1).

Abstract

Background Recently, a surge of COVID 19 was observed globally, regionally and nationally. With increasing numbers of cases, the frequency of long COVID is on the rise. Management and control of long COVID depend on changes in respect of human behaviors and requires an understanding of knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) regarding health threats. MethodsA descriptive cross sectional study using online survey to gather data on the socio-economic background, knowledge, attitudes and practices on long-term complications of COVID. Results: Out of 201 respondents, 89.2% participants have heard about long-term complications of COVID 19. Only 35.9% have demonstrated adequate knowledge in the questions relating to co-morbidities and risk factors of COVID-19. A total of 92.2% believe that they should adhere to preventive measures following vaccination. Less than 60 % were following the advice on avoiding unnecessary travel and crowded places. Further, less than 50% were following COVID preventive measures. ConclusionAlthough the majority of participants have heard about long-term complications and common symptoms, the knowledge regarding co-morbidities that can lead to severe disease and long COVID was not satisfactory. The attitudes of the participants indicated increasing concern about long COVID. Practices indicate lack of adherence to key measures such as avoiding crowded places. These findings highlight the need for further increasing of awareness.

Keywords

long COVID; COVID 19 vaccination; COVID awareness

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Other

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