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Table 4 SARS-CoV-2 infection prevention and control attitudes/perceptions

From: A health worker knowledge, attitudes and practices survey of SARS-CoV-2 infection prevention and control in South Africa

Statement Strongly disagree
n (%)
Disagree
n (%)
Unsure
n (%)
Agree
n (%)
Strongly agree
n (%)
I am adequately prepared to deal with patients with COVID-19. (N = 278) 45 (16.2) 40 (14.4) 52 (18.7) 106 (38.1) 35 (12.6)
I would wear the required personal protective equipment even if it is uncomfortable. (N = 280) 22 (7.9) 11 (3.9) 6 (2.1) 118 (42.1) 123 (43.9)
I would feel safer using a respirator rather than a medical mask when dealing with a patient with COVID-19. (N = 279) 28 (10.0) 42 (15.1) 28 (10.0) 85 (30.5) 96 (34.4)
I feel safer using alcohol-based hand rubs than washing my hands with soap and water. (N = 283) 49 (17.3) 62 (21.9) 13 (4.6) 101 (35.7) 58 (20.5)
I would still treat a COVID-19 patient even if the required personal protective equipment was not available. (N = 272) 177 (65.1) 59 (21.7) 12 (4.4) 16 (5.9) 8 (2.9)
I feel that I could be infected with COVID-19 at my facility regardless of the precautions I take. (N = 278) 54 (19.4) 55 (19.8) 39 (14.0) 85 (30.6) 45 (16.2)
I will continue to report for duty even if I get symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. (N = 279) 157 (56.3) 83 (29.8) 11 (3.9) 17 (6.1) 11 (3.9)
I am not too concerned about getting a severe COVID-19 infection as I am still relatively young. (N = 275) 144 (52.4) 77 (28.0) 18 (6.6) 23 (8.4) 13 (4.7)
I would stay away from work in order to avoid contact with COVID-19 patients. (N = 280) 108 (38.6) 109 (38.9) 17 (6.1) 20 (7.1) 26 (9.3)
I would resign from my job in order to avoid contact with COVID-19 patients. (N = 280) 163 (58.2) 92 (32.9) 7 (2.5) 5 (1.8) 13 (4.6)