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Public perception, knowledge and readiness for behaviour modification in COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan

Muhammad Tahir Khalily, Brian Hallahan, Mujeeb Masud Bhatti, Irshad Ahmad, Ahsan Ahmed Ahmadzai, Bilal Ahmad Khan.

Abstract
Objective: To explore individualsÂ’ knowledge and perception of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, views on imposed governmental restrictions and engagement rates in mandatory behavioural restrictions in a cohort of Pakistan under or post-graduate students.
Methodology: A web-based cross-sectional survey was conducted and 358 participants completed the online questionnaire.
Results: Participants had a high awareness of several potential symptoms of COVID-19 with shortness of breath (99%), a dry cough (96%), and fever (94%). A significant minority of participants stated that despite governmental restrictions, they planned to continue to engage with family members (not resident with them if asymptomatic (21.5%)).
Conclusion: Clear dissemination of information from appropriate governmental sources is advised to support on-going engagement in effective preve

Key words: COVID-19, public perception, knowledge, Pakistan.


 
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Khalily MT, Hallahan B, Bhatti MM, Ahmad I, Ahmadzai AA, Khan BA. Public perception, knowledge and readiness for behaviour modification in COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan. RMJ. 2022; 47(1): 3-7.


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Khalily MT, Hallahan B, Bhatti MM, Ahmad I, Ahmadzai AA, Khan BA. Public perception, knowledge and readiness for behaviour modification in COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan. https://www.rmj.org.pk/?mno=128158 [Access: April 05, 2022].


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Khalily MT, Hallahan B, Bhatti MM, Ahmad I, Ahmadzai AA, Khan BA. Public perception, knowledge and readiness for behaviour modification in COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan. RMJ. 2022; 47(1): 3-7.



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Khalily MT, Hallahan B, Bhatti MM, Ahmad I, Ahmadzai AA, Khan BA. Public perception, knowledge and readiness for behaviour modification in COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan. RMJ. (2022), [cited April 05, 2022]; 47(1): 3-7.



Harvard Style

Khalily, M. T., Hallahan, . B., Bhatti, . M. M., Ahmad, . I., Ahmadzai, . A. A. & Khan, . B. A. (2022) Public perception, knowledge and readiness for behaviour modification in COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan. RMJ, 47 (1), 3-7.



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Khalily, Muhammad Tahir, Brian Hallahan, Mujeeb Masud Bhatti, Irshad Ahmad, Ahsan Ahmed Ahmadzai, and Bilal Ahmad Khan. 2022. Public perception, knowledge and readiness for behaviour modification in COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan. Rawal Medical Journal, 47 (1), 3-7.



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Khalily, Muhammad Tahir, Brian Hallahan, Mujeeb Masud Bhatti, Irshad Ahmad, Ahsan Ahmed Ahmadzai, and Bilal Ahmad Khan. "Public perception, knowledge and readiness for behaviour modification in COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan." Rawal Medical Journal 47 (2022), 3-7.



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Khalily, Muhammad Tahir, Brian Hallahan, Mujeeb Masud Bhatti, Irshad Ahmad, Ahsan Ahmed Ahmadzai, and Bilal Ahmad Khan. "Public perception, knowledge and readiness for behaviour modification in COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan." Rawal Medical Journal 47.1 (2022), 3-7. Print.



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Khalily, M. T., Hallahan, . B., Bhatti, . M. M., Ahmad, . I., Ahmadzai, . A. A. & Khan, . B. A. (2022) Public perception, knowledge and readiness for behaviour modification in COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan. Rawal Medical Journal, 47 (1), 3-7.








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