Evaluation of COVID-19 appropriate behavior among fully vaccinated students in a medical college of north-east India
Lakshman Das, Prithul Bhattacharjee, Maitrayee Chakraborty, Debasree Bhaumik, Ranjib Ghosh.
Background: The current COVID-19 pandemic is one of the greatest public health challenges. The spread of COVID-19 infection continues unabated despite vaccination. Adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behavior is critical to prevent COVID-19 infection.
Aim and Objectives: To find out the pattern of COVID-19 appropriate behavior among vaccinated medical students and to estimate the incidence of COVID-19 infection after vaccination.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional observational study using a questionnaire was carried out for a period of 3 months. The questionnaire was prepared based on the guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The data were collected using a pretested Google Form (online digital questionnaire) by means of a web-based survey.
Results: About 96.5% of the participants wear face cover or mask while meeting someone or during visit to public places and 91.6% maintain respiratory hygiene, whereas 11.6% spit in the open, 16.1% travel unnecessarily, and 36.8% do not discourage crowd. There is significant (P < 0.05) increase in COVID-19 infection after vaccination.
Conclusion: This study suggests that more emphasis should be given on sensitizing the medical students about the standard COVID appropriate behaviors because strict adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behavior is the key to the long-term management of this pandemic.
Key words: COVID-19; Covishield; Covaxin; Mask; Hand-hygiene; Pandemic