Prevalence of COVID-19 infection among dental and nursing students in Alappuzha

Authors

  • Viswakala V. S. Department of Community Medicine, Government TD Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
  • Amrutha M. Sivadasan Department of Community Medicine, Government TD Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
  • Sairu Philip Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Kottayam, Kerala, India
  • Sarath Thekkethil Karthikeyan Government TD Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
  • Salma Ahmed Government TD Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
  • Sameeha Mohamed Ali Edavazhikkal Government TD Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
  • Roshan Thankappen Kalappurakkunnel Government TD Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
  • Saranya Raveendran Kizhakke Veetil Government TD Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
  • Sanaa Thecheri Government TD Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
  • Reshma Beena Vishnu Bhavanam Government TD Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
  • Safna Sheeja Navas Government TD Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
  • Shahana Mohammed Government TD Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
  • Shalan Milan Kizhakkekara Government TD Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20232694

Keywords:

COVID-19 infection, Nursing students, Dental students

Abstract

Background: The Corona Virus (SARS-COV2) is one of the major pathogens that affect the human respiratory system. As it spreads via droplets, healthcare workers are at increased risk of acquiring the infection. Nursing students who are exposed to the hospital setting during their clinical postings are prone to infection because they may provide care to patients who are suspected of or diagnosed with COVID-19 infection. In dentistry, the use of hand pieces and ultrasonic instruments during dental procedures unavoidably result in generation of blood and saliva droplets. Objective was to estimate the prevalence of COVID-19 infection among Dental and Nursing students of Government dental college and nursing college, Alappuzha.

Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted in Dental and Nursing students of Government TD Dental College and Nursing College, Alappuzha in November 2021. Convenient sampling was done and persons who were willing to take part in the study were distributed with a pretested questionnaire via Google Form and data was collected and analysed.

Results: Out of the 174 study participants, 77 were Dental students and 97 were Nursing students, 33% of Dental students and 36% of Nursing students reported of being infected with COVID-19 virus. Significant association was obtained between COVID-19 infection and contact with Covid positive case.

Conclusions: Prevalence of COVID-19 infection among Dental and Nursing students was 35.10%. Prevalence of COVID-19 infection among Dental students and Nursing students were 33% and 36% respectively.

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Published

2023-08-29

How to Cite

V. S., V., Sivadasan, A. M., Philip, S., Karthikeyan, S. T., Ahmed, S., Ali Edavazhikkal, S. M., Kalappurakkunnel, R. T., Kizhakke Veetil, S. R., Thecheri, S., Vishnu Bhavanam, R. B., Navas, S. S., Mohammed, S., & Kizhakkekara, S. M. (2023). Prevalence of COVID-19 infection among dental and nursing students in Alappuzha. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 10(9), 3303–3306. https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20232694

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