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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 75-81

Awareness, attitude, and action about COVID-19 among Rural Elders: A cross-sectional rapid pilot survey

1 Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, University of Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Economics, Karnataka State Open University, Mysore, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Devajana Chinnappa Nanjunda
Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, University of Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/bjhs.bjhs_40_20

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BACKGROUND: The China origin coronavirus has spread across the globe including India. As per the epidemiology, the corona is targeting the elderly people more. Hence more aged people are being infected in India and losing their lives as well. The government has taken all the efforts to prevent the effects of this pandemic on the citizens. OBJECTIVE: The major aim of the current study is to find out the perception and opinions of COVID-19 among the rural elderly people. METHODS: The current study has been conducted in the Mysore district, Karnataka State, using a snowball technique through local health workers. Moreover, local sources have been used to collect the data by using survey questionnaires, and descriptive data were collected over the telephone with the respondents (because of lockdown). RESULTS: The majority of respondents are well aware of the pandemic and have expressed serious concern and have taken required precautionary methods However, but they lack more precise information in practice. CONCLUSION: The specific and concrete knowledge about the corona pandemic is very crucial while evaluating a proper plan to prevent spreading the disease and evidence-based clinic awareness. Frequent communication between health workers, media, and other sources is very vital and of higher concern interpreted into more compliance with cautionary endorsements.

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