Introduction: COVID-19 has become a global threat to the human population. The virus which originated from China in December, 2019 has swept across continents in the world. Cameroon has been one of the countries with a high infectious rate. Lack of awareness play a major role in the rise of COVID-19 cases. Studies have shown that there exist a strong correlation between the perception of a disease and a ready compliance to health recommendations.
Objective: This paper studied the awareness and perceptions by the general population of Cameroon on the existence and spread of COVID-19
Methods: The study involved a qualitative survey designed by online questionnaires which was made available to the population of Cameroon through e-mails and ‘WhatsApp’.The survey included the perception of the origin and existence of the COVID-19 virus, its mode transmission, preventive and control measures. The data obtained from respondents was analysed by descriptive statistics. The data were entered in a spread sheet, Microsoft Excel and normality determined. One-way ANOVA and means comparison using Tukey’s test (α = 0.05) was performed to check whether the perception of respondents differed significantly.
Results: A total of 573 respondents were obtained. From the analysed results, a greater proportion of the respondents (P˂ 0.05) were aware of the COVID 19 existence, transmission and preventive strategies. This knowledge could lead to a reduction in the spread of the disease.
Conclusion: Our findings suggested that there’s more need for public sensitization of the virus especially its method of transmission, control and prevention
Teh, E., Maingi, J & Ning, T (2021). Assessing-the-perceptions-and-awareness-of-covid-19-coronavirus-in-cameroon-8236 (1). Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/assessing-the-perceptions-and-awareness-of-covid-19-coronavirus-in-cameroon-8236-1
Teh, Exodus Akwa, et. al. "Assessing-the-perceptions-and-awareness-of-covid-19-coronavirus-in-cameroon-8236 (1)" Afribary. Afribary, 12 Jun. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/assessing-the-perceptions-and-awareness-of-covid-19-coronavirus-in-cameroon-8236-1. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.
Teh, Exodus Akwa, John Maingi and Teh Ning . "Assessing-the-perceptions-and-awareness-of-covid-19-coronavirus-in-cameroon-8236 (1)". Afribary, Afribary, 12 Jun. 2021. Web. 27 Nov. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/assessing-the-perceptions-and-awareness-of-covid-19-coronavirus-in-cameroon-8236-1 >.
Teh, Exodus Akwa, John Maingi and Teh Ning . "Assessing-the-perceptions-and-awareness-of-covid-19-coronavirus-in-cameroon-8236 (1)" Afribary (2021). Accessed November 27, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/assessing-the-perceptions-and-awareness-of-covid-19-coronavirus-in-cameroon-8236-1