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Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Towards COVID-19 Amongst Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong

The Nethersole School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 7878; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217878
Received: 16 September 2020 / Revised: 21 October 2020 / Accepted: 22 October 2020 / Published: 27 October 2020
This study assessed the knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) towards coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among South Asians in Hong Kong and examined the factors that affect KAP towards COVID-19 in this population. This cross-sectional descriptive study recruited participants with assistance from South Asian community centres and organisations. A total of 352 participants completed questionnaires to assess their level of KAP towards COVID-19. The mean knowledge score was 5.38/10, indicating a relatively low knowledge level. The participants expressed certain misconceptions regarding the prevention of COVID-19 infection. They perceived a mild risk related to the disease, had positive attitudes regarding its prevention and often implemented recommended disease-preventive measures, such as maintaining social distance (88.1%) and wearing masks in public (94.3%). Participants who were male, had a secondary school education or lower and who perceived a lower risk of being infected and lower self-efficacy were less likely to implement preventive measures. Culturally and linguistically appropriate health education could be developed to increase the knowledge of South Asians, especially those with lower education levels, about COVID-19 and to encourage them to implement the necessary preventive measures. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; knowledge; attitudes; practices; ethnic minorities; Hong Kong COVID-19; knowledge; attitudes; practices; ethnic minorities; Hong Kong
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Wong, C.L.; Chen, J.; Chow, K.M.; Law, B.M.; Chan, D.N.; So, W.K.; Leung, A.W.; Chan, C.W. Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Towards COVID-19 Amongst Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7878.

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