A Web-Based Study of Differences in Jordanian People’s Knowledge and Attitudes toward COVID-19
Nijmeh AL-Atiyyat 1 , Sami Al-Rawashdeh 2 * , Majd T Mrayyan 2
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1 Department of Adult Health Nursing- Faculty of Nursing, The Hashemite University, P.O. Box 330127, Zarqa 13133, Jordan2 Department of Community and Mental Health- Faculty of Nursing, The Hashemite University, P.O. Box 330127, Zarqa 13133, Jordan* Corresponding Author


Background: Coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) is a worldwide public health issue. Adequate knowledge, a positive attitude, and appropriate control of COVID-19 are essential to eradicate the disease. People’s knowledge of and attitudes toward COVID-19 should be analyzed and explained; this helps decision-makers understand the general public knowledge about the disease. The attitudes of the general public are necessary to implement measures to stop the spread of the disease. Thus, this study aimed to describe people’s knowledge about and attitudes toward COVID-19 and compare both concepts based on subjects’ characteristics.
Methods: This cross-sectional web-based survey was conducted in January 2021. The snowball sampling method was used.
Results: A total of 281 adult subjects participated in this study. Most participants demonstrated good knowledge and a positive attitude (80.5% and 77.11%) towards the COVID-19, respectively. Better knowledge about COVID-19 was among older age, females, and highly educated subjects. A significantly positive attitude towards the COVID-19 was among married subjects and subjects who had health insurance.
Conclusions: The findings are relevant for the evaluation of the knowledge and attitudes of the general public. Knowledge is a crucial factor for shaping people’s attitudes, but this is influenced by various factors related to people’s knowledge and attitudes. Thus, continuous and updated learning efforts are still required from the overall public. This study provided valuable insights into how public health initiatives can better protect the population’s health during public health emergencies.


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ELECTRON J GEN MED, 2021, Volume 18, Issue 6, Article No: em318


Publication date: 08 Sep 2021

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