Awareness and Attitudes of Dental Students to Wear a Mask du | 91828

Journal of Research in Medical and Dental Science
eISSN No. 2347-2367 pISSN No. 2347-2545

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Awareness and Attitudes of Dental Students to Wear a Mask during COVID-19 Pandemic: A cross-Sectional Study

Author(s): Mona T Rajeh*, Khayyat K Rafal, Aldaadi B Jawaher, Alim Aldeen M Tahani and Abdulsamad F Fayha


Introduction: The World Health Organization has declared that the transmission rate of COVID-19 will increase due to inappropriate use and disposal of masks. Dental students have previously shown inadequate knowledge and inappropriate attitudes towards infection control measures.
This study aimed to investigate the dental students’ awareness and attitude in the appropriate use of face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic in Saudi Arabia.
A cross-sectional study was conducted among dental students from different Saudi universities using an online self-administered questionnaire containing 23 questions.
This study included 251 Saudi dental students of which 118 (47%) were females and 113 (52.9%) were males. The survey responses were provided by 139 students (55.3%) from Umm Al-Qura University, 19 students (7.5%) from Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University, and 93 (37%) from other universities. Some of the findings were; 224 (89.2%) participants were found to place the white side of the mask facing out, while 27 (10.7%) participants placed the white side facing in, In response to the question, if wearing a surgical mask would protect oneself from COVID-19, 192 (76.4%) participants agreed, while 59 (23.5%) thought the opposite, About 204 (81.2%) students changed their mask with change in each patient, 47 (18.7%) students did not follow the same, In total, 42 (16.7%) students removed their masks by holding their outer surfaces but 209 (83.2%) students removed them by holding their strips.
Conclusion: The study participants had a clear understanding of COVID-19. However, few students needed training on the proper usage of face masks.

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