After the spread of the COVID 19 virus, more than 91.1 million cases were confirmed with an approx. 1.9 million deaths around the globe. These infected patient display a series of flu symtpoms; however, elderly patients and people with chronic pathologies often struggles with the respiratory syndrome and fatal complication that increases the mortality rate.
A systematic review was performed to identify and evaluate the Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) of the public towards the COVID-19 pandemic in America.YohannaSarria-Guzmán, the lead author published this study in the Journal of Infection in Developing Countries to increase the level of awareness among the public for better control of the disease spread.
The research team surveyed multiple high-risk target groups, which included the common citizen, healthcare workers and patients with chronic disease. The team recorded, “ the general information collected showed social media as the main source for information sharing either false or true. Since the beginning of the COVID 19 era, there has been an increasing amount of pressure on the citizen affecting physical and emotional health.” Hence, the reason understood was the poor knowledge of pandemic and limited correct information for preventive measures and safety.
Moreover, many patients reported a change in the attitude and behavior of their family members especially children who have became more cautious than the adults. These young generations presented with a better understanding and complied with the preventive measures.
Thus, the author recommended, “to initiate educational programs including social awareness campaigns and implementing preventive measures for improving understanding of the virus to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 contagions and to reduce the mortality.
Moreover, a special emphasis is required for disadvantaged citizens for improved KAP in Americans. Hence, this would encourage maximum engagement and install a positive attitude with the correct application.