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KNOW Health, No COVID

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Donna Ettel-Gambino (Judy Genshaft Honors College)

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Compliance with CDC guidelines by the public may impact the extent that COVID-19 may be damaging to our community. Due to the lack of data in the literature on this devastating virus, much electronic information is being released by various sources, many of which are unreliable, not peer reviewed, and may possibly include false information regarding the virus. This study is focused to determine the extent that college-level students from the University of South Florida, in the Judy Genshaft Honors College have a clear understanding of the COVID-19 virus. The population consisted of survey responses from students enrolled within the Judy Genshaft Honors College. A quantitative causal comparative approach was utilized. Initially a MANOVA was conducted to identify .038 significant trends across groups. The independent variable was the insurance status of the participants. The dependent variables were the participant responses to the survey questions regarding: compliance with social distancing, handwashing knowledge, cough/sneeze etiquette, mask compliance, and compliance with handwashing in public. There was one statistically significant finding as evidence by Wilk’s Lambda 0.96 (8,804) p< 0.038. Overall, 99% of participants knew about handwashing for at least 20 seconds or cleaning hands thoroughly. The presence of insurance may potentially offer an insight into the understanding of COVID-19 precautionary measures as well as a method to potentially avoid the virus. This study implies that the Judy Genshaft Honors college students understand the COVID-19 guidelines as well as the extent that their compliance will keep the students at the university free from COVID-19.

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KNOW Health, No COVID

Compliance with CDC guidelines by the public may impact the extent that COVID-19 may be damaging to our community. Due to the lack of data in the literature on this devastating virus, much electronic information is being released by various sources, many of which are unreliable, not peer reviewed, and may possibly include false information regarding the virus. This study is focused to determine the extent that college-level students from the University of South Florida, in the Judy Genshaft Honors College have a clear understanding of the COVID-19 virus. The population consisted of survey responses from students enrolled within the Judy Genshaft Honors College. A quantitative causal comparative approach was utilized. Initially a MANOVA was conducted to identify .038 significant trends across groups. The independent variable was the insurance status of the participants. The dependent variables were the participant responses to the survey questions regarding: compliance with social distancing, handwashing knowledge, cough/sneeze etiquette, mask compliance, and compliance with handwashing in public. There was one statistically significant finding as evidence by Wilk’s Lambda 0.96 (8,804) p< 0.038. Overall, 99% of participants knew about handwashing for at least 20 seconds or cleaning hands thoroughly. The presence of insurance may potentially offer an insight into the understanding of COVID-19 precautionary measures as well as a method to potentially avoid the virus. This study implies that the Judy Genshaft Honors college students understand the COVID-19 guidelines as well as the extent that their compliance will keep the students at the university free from COVID-19.