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EEO. 2020; 19(3): 2001-2008

Bracketing People’sInformation, perceptions and beliefs about Covid-19 and its transmission with their behavior in Punjab, Pakistan

Dr. Fakhra Aziz, Dr. Tahira Kalsoom, Abdul Haseeb Mujahid.


Corona virus is now declared as an international epidemic disease by international agencies like Public Health Emergency of International Concern and WHO. It is a fatal viral disease which affects respiratory system of the patients and spreads through coughing and sneezing droplets of the infected person. it was investigated, what people perceived and believed about Covid-19 based on their awareness? What were preventive strategies undertaken by family and by government? Could awareness and beliefs be bracketed with their behavior?
Twenty semi structured interviews were conducted. Five participants from each focused city were accessed. Common topics were explored among all the participants to determine distinct perspectives and to identify areas of agreement and disagreement among them. To direct the discussion a semi structured guide was developed. Three basic aspects were discussed as perceptions/beliefs of Corona, awareness and knowledge of the Pandemic, and Behaviors/practices. This study establishes a solid ground for future actions to prevent the future society from pandemics like corona.

Key words: information, perceptions, beliefs, COVID 19, transmission, behavior

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