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PERSONAL SENSITIVITY, SELF-MEDICATION, MASK USAGE, AND COVID-19 SYMPTOMS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICANS
Journal of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine-Istanbul Tip Fakultesi Dergisi ; 0(0):8, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1754194
ABSTRACT

Objective:

The study objective was to explore the episode of COVID-19 symptoms among sub-Saharan African (SSA) by examining the predicting effect of mask usage, self-medication, and personal sensitivity on the symptoms. Materials and

Methods:

In a cross-sectional study in the SSA population, 536 individuals were asked about the episode of COVID-19 symptoms, personal sensitivity, mask usage, and self-medication. "Hierarchical multiple linear regression statistical method" was used to evaluate the data.

Results:

The personal sensitivity (r=0.245<0.01), taking off face mask in enclosed public places (r=0.255<0.01) and self -medication (r=0.392<0.01) were positively associated with COVID-19 symptoms. Overall, the total predictive effect of self-medication, taking off the mask in public spaces, and personal sensitivity accounted for 21% of the variance in the episode of COVID-19 symptoms of the study population.

Conclusion:

Personal sensitivity, mask usage, and self -medication support understanding of the episode of COVID-19 symptoms experienced among the study population. It is important to encourage the use of masks in high-risk areas. To improve post-COVID-19 health policies, self-medication used to decrease the risk of COVID-19 infection and other related public health concerns should be reduced.
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Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: Web of Science Language: English Journal: Journal of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine-Istanbul Tip Fakultesi Dergisi Year: 2022 Document Type: Article

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Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: Web of Science Language: English Journal: Journal of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine-Istanbul Tip Fakultesi Dergisi Year: 2022 Document Type: Article