Public knowledge, attitudes, and practice about COVID-19 pandemic
Keywords:Coronavirus infections, COVID- 19, knowledge, attitude, practice, Jordan
COVID-19 is a newly discovered global pandemic that affected almost all countries, including Jordan. Knowledge, attitude and practices are fundamental to suppress the spread of the virus. This study aimed to examine knowledge, attitude and practices about COVID-19 in Jordan. A cross-sectional design was used to recruit a convenience sample of public from Jordan. An online instrument used to assess knowledge, attitude and practices about COVID-19, and was developed by the research team. The data were collected online through social media networks in Jordan. The data were collected during May 2020. 2470 participants participated and completed the study questionnaire. Results indicated good knowledge, practice, and attitude, about COVID-19 among the public in Jordan. Linear regression showed that female, aged 40 years or more, married, with Bachelor degree or higher, employed, and participants believe that Jordan will control COVID-19 had higher knowledge compared to their counterparts. Besides, linear regression showed that female, living in Amman city, with high knowledge about COVID-19, and believing that Jordan will control COVID-19 had higher practice compared to their counterparts. Knowledge, attitude and practices levels regarding COVID-19 among Jordanian population during the pandemic were high. However, health authorities and government have to implement and maintain educational programs to enhance the Jordanian population’s awareness regarding COVID-19 and to prevent its spread specially among male, aged less than 40 years, unmarried, with less than Bachelor degree, unemployed, and for participants believe that Jordan will not control COVID-19.