Perception and practice of social distancing among Egyptians in COVID-19 pandemic

  • Huny Mohamed Bakry Community, Environmental and Occupational Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Egypt
  • Eman Hassan Waly Community, Environmental and Occupational Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Egypt
Keywords: Social distancing, COVID-19, perception, practice, Egypt

Abstract

Introduction: Social distancing is principally intended to reduce infectious disease transmission by decreasing interactions among people in a broader community. Keeping social distancing is an essential public health measure to resist the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methodology: a cross sectional study was conducted among 1,036 Egyptians using an online questionnaire between 5 and 10 May 2020.

Results: There was significant association between the practice of social distancing and some sociodemographic factors as sex, age, education, working status, and place of residence at p value < 0.001 and with community of residence at p value 0.021.

Conclusions: Egyptians had good perception for social distancing to prevent transmission of COVID 19, but they were not strictly practicing it.

Published
2020-08-31
How to Cite
1.
Bakry HM, Waly EH (2020) Perception and practice of social distancing among Egyptians in COVID-19 pandemic. J Infect Dev Ctries 14:817-822. doi: 10.3855/jidc.13160
Section
Coronavirus Pandemic