Knowledge, perceptions and practices of Bangladeshi population regarding the novel coronavirus disease


  • Asif Mahmud Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet
  • Mohammad M. Rahman Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet
  • Pratul D. Somadder Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Santosh, Tangail, Bangladesh



Coronavirus disease 2019, SARS-CoV-2, Perceptions, Vaccination


Background: Novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Thorough knowledge about its spread and symptoms, perceptions towards disease and practices to prevent its occurrence are essential. The goal of this study is to assess the knowledge, perceptions and practices of the Bangladeshi residents towards the COVID-19.

Methods: A cross-sectional, web-based, pre-tested questionnaire was designed emphasized on the demographic profile, knowledge and perceptions about cause, transmission, prevention and cure of COVID-19. The questionnaires were distributed to 8 districts of Bangladesh only. The survey consists of close ended questions and took approximately 15 minutes to complete during the period of 20th March to 20th April 2020.  

Results: A total of 320 completed the study questionnaire, including (67.5%) men and (32.5%) women, and most of them are age range 31-50 years (80.00%). 87.19% people knew cause of COVID-19 is viral and 48.75% knew it spreads through coughs. 77.81% people correctly knew about symptoms of COVID-19. 70.00% mentioned all the correct preventive methods as wearing face mask, vaccination, avoid mass gatherings and maintaining hand hygiene. In reality, only 40.00% people exclusively practicing hand hygiene. 

Conclusions: In general, Bangladeshi population participating in our survey had good knowledge about COVID-19, and a positive attitude towards using protective measures, which is important to limit the spread of the disease.


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