Background: Across the world many countries are experiencing an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel corona virus and the number of cases detected is growing fast. The WHO global health emergency committee stated that the spread of COVID-19 can be reduced by increasing knowledge of the community specifically high-risk groups about COVID-19. Thus, this study aimed to assess knowledge about COVID-19 among food handlers in Dessie and Kombolcha towns’ food establishments.
Method: A cross-sectional study design was conducted among 422 food handlers from July18 to August 3, 2020. The study participants were selected using simple random sampling technique. Data were collected using pre-tested and structured face to face interviewer-administered questionnaire. The collected data were checked, cleaned and entered in to Epi data version 4.4 and exported to SPSS version 25.0 software for analysis. The Associations between independent variables and dependent variable was analyzed using binary logistic regression models. Variables that have p-value < 0.25 from the bivariable analysis were entered in to multivariable logistic regression analysis for controlling confounders. From the multivariable analysis, variables that have p-value < 0.05 were taken as factors significantly associated with good knowledge.
A total of 401 respondents participated in the study yielded a response of 95%. The overall good knowledge about COVID-19 in this study was 81.5% whereas the poor knowledge was 18.5%. The independent predictors were: age of
Conclusion: More than three-fourth of food handlers had good knowledge about COVID-19. Independent predictors were: age, higher educational status and training. Therefore increasing knowledge about COVID-19 among food handlers through health education and training is important because COVID-19 has been declared as a pandemic.
Key words: COVID-19, Knowledge, Food handler