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Abstract

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak came to light when China informed the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 31, 2019, of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of an unknown cause in Wuhan City of its Hubei province. On January 9, 2020, the WHO issued a statement saying Chinese researchers have made "preliminary determination" of the virus as a novel Coronavirus. It is becoming increasingly crucial for people to have awareness and knowledge about COVID-19, especially how the virus spreads, and the justification behind measures like social distancing. Especially in times of great anxiety, various conspiracy theories tend to sprout up, and, in response to health emergencies, several dubious ideas on medicine and treatment also come up. This study attempts to assess the knowledge and awareness among Indian citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study adopted a quantitative research method. It collects primary data by undertaking an online survey with the help of a well-structured questionnaire. The respondents were the Indian academicians and students. The survey attempts to assess their level of awareness regarding Covid19, hygiene practices, Government policies and Campaigns, and steps taken for its prevention. A total of 861 respondents participated in the survey. The study reveals that there is a significant gap in information source, poor knowledge levels, and discrepancies in perceptions of COVID-19 among the participants.

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Ranjith, M. (2020). Awareness about Covid-19: A Study on Indian Academicians and Students. Healthcare Review, 1(1), 24-35. Retrieved from https://sriopenjournals.com/index.php/healthcare_review/article/view/12 (Original work published June 28, 2020)

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