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Knowledge, attitudes, and practices towards COVID-19 among primary and middle school students during the COVID-19 outbreak period in Beijing: An online cross-sectional survey
Fuyuan Wen; Yi Meng; Han Cao; Juan Xia; Hui Li; Han Qi; Kai Meng; Ling Zhang.
  • Fuyuan Wen; Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, and Beijing Municipal Key Laboratory of Clinical Epidemio
  • Yi Meng; Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, and Beijing Municipal Key Laboratory of Clinical Epidemio
  • Han Cao; Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, and Beijing Municipal Key Laboratory of Clinical Epidemio
  • Juan Xia; Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, and Beijing Municipal Key Laboratory of Clinical Epidemio
  • Hui Li; School Health Department, Daxing District Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing 100071, China.
  • Han Qi; The National Clinical Research Center for Mental Disorders & Beijing Key Laboratory of Mental Disorders, Beijing Anding Hospital & the Advanced Innovation Cente
  • Kai Meng; Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100069, China.
  • Ling Zhang; Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, and Beijing Municipal Key Laboratory of Clinical Epidemio
Preprint in English | medRxiv | ID: ppmedrxiv-20138628
ABSTRACT
PurposeThis study investigated the KAP towards COVID-19 and their influencing factors among primary and middle school students during the self-quarantine period in Beijing. MethodsThis was a cross-sectional study among students from 18 primary and middle schools in Beijing during March 2020. Stratified cluster sampling was conducted. Demographic and KAP-related COVID-19 information was collected through an online questionnaire. The influencing factors were analyzed by multivariable logistic regression. ResultsA total of 7,377 students were included. The overall correct rate for COVID-19 knowledge was 74.1%, while only 31.5% and 40.5% could identify the high-risk places of cross-infection and warning body temperature. Although 94.5% of respondents believed the epidemic could be controlled, over 50% expressed various concerns about the epidemic. The compliance rates for basic preventing behaviors were all over 80%, while those for "rational and effective ventilation" (39.2%) and "dinning separately" (38.6%) were low. The KAP levels were significantly differed according to various school categories of students. The COVID-19 knowledge (OR= 3.309, 95% CI 2.921, 3.748) and attitude (OR=1.145, 95% CI 1.003, 1.308) were associated with preventive practices. Besides, female, urban students, those with a healthy lifestyle, and those with the willingness to engage in healthcare tended to have better preventive practices. ConclusionMost students in Beijing hold a high level of knowledge, optimistic attitudes and have appropriate practices towards COVID-19. However, targeted interventions are still necessary, especially for students with high-risk characteristics. Implications and contributionsThe performance and the potential factors of COVID-19-related knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) among students in primary and middle schools is still unclear. This study investigates the characteristics and the level of KAP among students. The results of the study may contribute to the targeted education and interventions for students.
Full text: Available Collection: Preprints Database: medRxiv Type of study: Prevalence study / Prognostic study / Randomized controlled trials / Risk factors Language: English Year: 2020 Document Type: Preprint

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Full text: Available Collection: Preprints Database: medRxiv Type of study: Prevalence study / Prognostic study / Randomized controlled trials / Risk factors Language: English Year: 2020 Document Type: Preprint