Background and Objectives: Corona virus caused by SARS-CoV-2 is a fatal disease, and has become a global public health concern at present. The focus of this study was to assess pharmacy students' knowledge, attitudes, and practices in South India about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) during the nationwide lockdown.
Methods: Present cross-sectional study was carried out by administering a structured questionnaire (created through Google forms) circulated to students across India through e-mail and WhatsApp. Demographics of the participant, knowledge, attitude, and practice towards COVID-19 were collected. Data was further analyzed statistically using independent samples t-test and bi-variate analysis.
Results: A total of 437 pharmacy students participated in present study. Majority of them were females (62.01%). Most of the participants (99.5% & 99.3%) had correct knowledge about the symptoms of COVID-19 and were aware regarding personal hygiene, wearing face mask, social distancing. To about 89.7% of participants expressed confidence in India's ability to defeat COVID-19. During the epidemic, the vast majority of respondents (99.7%) had excellent practice in keeping social distance and avoiding unnecessary travel or outings (98.1 %).
Conclusion: Based on the findings of this study, we presume that pharmacy students had a good understanding, attitude, and practice towards COVID-19. The majority of pharmacy students were aware of the COVID-19 transmission and the precautions that should be taken. Studies examining potential factors affecting COVID-19 pandemic awareness among HCPs and other segments of society are crucial.
Index Terms- COVID-19, KAP, Pharmacy students, Pandemic, India.