Table 4

Knowledge of COVID-19

StatementCorrect
n (%)*†
Incorrect
n (%)*†
Not sure
n (%)*†
People showing no symptoms of being sick can spread a virus or contagious disease (true)150 (37.5)30 (7.5)220 (55.0)
It is possible to contract a virus or contagious disease by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it (true)191 (48.0)6 (1.5)201 (50.5)
Antibiotics can be used to treat COVID-19/coronavirus (false)36 (9.1)51 (12.8)311 (78.1)
Antibiotics can be used to prevent infection from COVID-19 (false)37 (9.4)44 (11.2)313 (79.4)
People of all ages can become infected with COVID-19/coronavirus (true)206 (51.8)19 (4.8)173 (433)
People of all racial, religious and ethnic groups can become infected with COVID-19/coronavirus (true)199 (50.4)17 (4.3)179 (45.3)
Eating garlic, ginger, black pepper or lemon can lower your chances of getting infected with COVID-19/coronavirus (false)12 (3.0)248 (62.8)135 (34.2)
COVID-19 spread from humans to humans, mainly through respiratory droplets (true)199 (50.6)13 (3.3)181 (46.1)
COVID-19 can also spread from feco–oral route (true)111 (28.1)34 (8.6)250 (63.3)
COVID-19/coronavirus is just like the influenza (false)20 (5.1)214 (54.0)162 (40.9)
Maintaining good personal hygiene and being socially responsible would help limit the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus (true)252 (64.5)56 (14.3)83 (21.2)
Washing hands frequently using soap or the use of sanitiser would help limit the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus (true)253 (64.9)55 (14.1)82 (21.0)
Avoiding handshaking behaviour would help limit the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus (true)219 (56.7)65 (16.8)102 (26.4)
Avoiding placing fingers into eyes, nose and mouth would help limit the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus (true)181 (47.0)74 (19.2)130 (33.8)
Coughing and sneezing into the elbow or within the clothing is a good practice in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus (true)209 (54.4)64 (16.7)111 (28.9)
Limiting eating meat, eggs and fishes would help limit the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus (false)153 (39.8)116 (30.2)115 (30.0)
Following social distancing measures and avoiding crowded places would help limit the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus (true)172 (44.7)76 (19.7)137 (35.6)
For someone without any symptoms of COVID-19/coronavirus, wearing a face mask is considered an appropriate and protective measure against COVID-19/coronavirus (true)144 (37.4)100 (26.0)141 (36.6)
Proper usage of face mask during an outbreak should include covering nose, mouth and chin with the coloured side facing outside (true)167 (43.4)64 (16.6)154 (40.0)
Staying at home would play a significant role in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus (true)215 (56.0)84 (21.9)85 (22.1)
A person with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes, hypertension and cancer are at greater risk of COVID-19/coronavirus related infection (true)172 (44.7)64 (16.6)149 (38.7)
COVID-19/coronavirus can only infect old people (false)195 (50.9)69 (18.0)119 (31.1)
There is no chance of survival once the person is infected with COVID-19/coronavirus (false)195 (52.3)67 (18.0)111 (29.8)
  • *Values are frequency (percentage).

  • †Values may not add to 100%.