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COVID-19 is spread by human-to-human transmission through many modes. To date, no antiviral treatment or vaccine has been explicitly recommended for COVID-19. Therefore, applying preventive measures to control COVID-19 infection is the most critical intervention. The rate of disease spread is high in hospitals, and hence the health care workers (HCWs) are at most risk of getting infected. This is an online observational, cross-sectional survey carried out in Tamil Nadu state of South India using a snowball sampling technique during April 2020. Medical, nursing, physiotherapy and allied health science's staff from various hospitals are included in the survey. Using Google forms, the willing participants were encountered with 30 multiple choice questions related to clinical knowledge of COVID-19. By the end of the month, we have received 162 responses from various HCWs; among them are medical, nursing, physiotherapy and other paramedical staff. Most of the respondents were nurses (29.6%) and physician’s (23.4%). The average knowledge score of all the respondents in regards to COVID-19 was moderate at a correct overall rate of 62.1%. The study results say physicians showed the highest knowledge score on COVID-19, followed by nurses and other paramedics. There is a gap between the knowledge and information regarding the clinical aspects of COVID-19 among health care workers.

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COVID-19 health care workers Knowledge

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Madhana Gopal K, Meganathan M, & Deepa Kameswari P. (2021). Assessment of Knowledge of COVID-19 among health care workers: Cross-sectional study. International Journal of Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 12(3), 1977-1983. https://doi.org/10.26452/ijrps.v12i3.4803