1Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey
2Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey
3Department of Dentomaxillofacial Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey
4Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey
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Aim: This study aimed to determine the attitude and knowledge levels of the students of Harran University Faculty of Dentistry about novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to evaluate their thoughts on distance education.
Materials and Methods: An online questionnaire about COVID-19 was conducted to students studying in the Faculty of Dentistry (n=144). The questionnaire consisted of a series of questions such as the demographic features of dentistry students, their degree of knowledge about COVID-19, where they got this information, methods of protection related to COVID-19, their psychological status during this pandemic period and their thoughts about the distance education program. The data obtained from the questionnaires were statistically analyzed.
Results: This current study consisted of 144 participants (mean age of 20±1.3) including 83 (57.6%) females and 61 (42.4%) males. The majority of the participants (76.4%) stated that they learned information related to COVID-19 from the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Turkish Dental Association (TDA). The most common individual measure was determined 'not to be in crowded environments' (86.1%). During this period, 124 (86.1%) participants, consisting of 43 (34.7%) male and 81 (65.3%) female, reported that they voluntarily put themselves into quarantine (p0.05). Of 87.5% the participants noted that they thought distance education system implemented due to COVID-19 is not enough.
Conclusion: Dental students at Harran University Faculty of Dentistry were aware of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if this epidemic badly affected their psychology, they would not give up on their profession.
Keywords: COVID-19; coronavirus; pandemic; dentistry