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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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PAREDES, José Luis et al. Knowledge, attitudes, and perception of the role of the media regarding COVID-19 in medical students from a peruvian university. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2022, vol.39, n.1, pp.70-76.  Epub Mar 21, 2022. ISSN 1726-4634.

A cross-sectional study was carried out on medical students from a private Peruvian university. The aim was to describe knowledge and attitudes towards COVID-19 as well as the student’s perception of the role of media outlets and social media. Of the students, 32% did not know that during the first five days of illness, serological tests are preferred for diagnosing COVID-19 over molecular tests; 73% reported being willing to work as a volunteer during the pandemic, and 94% received false information regarding COVID-19 on social media. This study demonstrated that information regarding diagnostic tests should be reinforced and that the high percentage of students willing to volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic should not be overlooked.

Keywords : COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; Knowledge; Medical Students; Peru; COVID-19 Serological Testing; Communications Media; Volunteers; Medicine.

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