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2022, Vol. 9, Issue 3, Part D

Negative attitude towards wearing facemask during COVID-19 pandemic: A survey based on educational settings

Author(s): Manish Hooda and Pankaj Phogat

Abstract: Objectives of the Study: In recent studies, it was suggested that wearing facemask in public places is an effective way to break the chain of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19). Early in the pandemic, some studies evident that wearing mask is not compulsory for healthy individuals and it reserved for health workers and the person infected with COVID-19 only. These types of statement create confound into public and increase the prevalence of wearing facemask. Therefore, the present survey study has been designed to investigate the attitude of students towards wearing facemask during COVID-19 pandemic.Design of the Study: A Cross-sectional study design was adopted for the present studyMaterial and Methods: The sample consist of 1202 subjects from the Northern India, Haryana and Delhi NCR regions. The mean age of the subjects were 21.29 years (SD = 7.07, Range = 8 – 58 years) and 95% confidence interval for age was 21.29±0.40 margin of error for upper and lower bound. Data were collected between 15 March, 2021 to 12 April 2021 in general public settings (N=1206) using ‘Google Form’ an internet based self-report survey tool. Respondents completed a 12 items scale developed for assessing negative attitude toward wearing facemask. The present scale was derived from the study conducted by ‘Steven Taylor’ [1, 2] in United States and Canada. Independent ‘t’ test and one way analysis of variance followed by Pot-hoc method was used for mean score of different groups. Level of significance was set at 0.05 respectively.Results: A low prevalence towards wearing facemask observed among participant. A significant difference was taking into noticed between male and female participant in respect of wearing facemask. Male participant revealed high negative attitude towards wearing facemask. Similar outcomes observed in rural participants as male participants regarding practice of facemask. In respect of different age categories high negative attitude found in 8 to 18 years age group which indicate a higher disobedience among children and adolescence towards public health recommendations.Conclusions: In conclusion, in the face of pandemic where, wearing facemask is a key preventive measure to break the chain of spreading the virus among masses. Based on obtained outcomes of the present study, it was recommended that govt. of India should take necessary implementation to improve the awareness of using facemask in public.

DOI: 10.22271/kheljournal.2022.v9.i3d.2548

Pages: 251-259  |  77 Views  18 Downloads

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Manish Hooda, Pankaj Phogat. Negative attitude towards wearing facemask during COVID-19 pandemic: A survey based on educational settings. Int J Phys Educ Sports Health 2022;9(3):251-259. DOI:
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