Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Knowledge and Preventive Actions Among a Mexican Population Sample

Enrique Konstat Korzenny, Dan Morgenstern Kaplan, Rodrigo Fonseca Portilla, Ariel Cohen Welch
2020 Archivos de Medicina  
Objectives: To evaluate the knowledge of the general population about the COVID-19 pandemic, including the disease and the preventive measures to reduce spreading of the virus undertaken by participants. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study on a Mexican population sample during the period of March 20th to March 27th in Mexico, via a computer-based survey. We evaluated general knowledge about COVID-19 and the adherence to recommendations. Results: A total of 2,577 participants completed
more » ... the survey. Our results revealed an overall proper knowledge about the disease, with 76.2% having the proper knowledge about the disease, which was significantly correlated with age (r=0.15, p<0.001), socioeconomic status (r=0.06, p<0.003) and maximum academic level achieved by the study subjects (r=0.12, p<0.001). Conclusions: Overall, people have good knowledge of COVID-19 and know about the specific public health recommendations, but a large proportion of people do not strictly follow these recommendations.
doi:10.30554/archmed.21.1.3965.2021 fatcat:l367saz3hbglnezr3epwhqlapq