COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AND THE SPREAD OF CORONA VIRUS IN AWKA
Keywords:COVID-19, Social Distance, Protocol
This study investigated the attitude towards COVID-19 protocols and the spread of corona virus in town of Awka. The study x-rayed the COVID-19 protocols in Awka and the extent to which these protocols are adhered to in the town of Awka to prevent its spread. The research answered four research questions with the aim of making recommendations that will help to curb the spread of the pandemic. The researchers adopted the social cognitive theory because it best explains the attitude of the inhabitants of Awka towards COVID-19 protocols. Using Taro Yamane, the researchers derived a sample size of 383 from 3 markets (Eke Awka, First market and Second market Ifite) that were purposively sampled. The population for this study was randomly chosen so as to give every respondent equal chance of being represented. The data used for this study were derived through internet materials, participant observation and questionnaire. Data were presented in tables and analysed using simple percentages. Findings revealed that the inhabitants of Awka know that COVID-19 exists and is prevalent in Nigeria. It
also found out that there are COVID-19 protocols in Awka but most of the inhabitants of Awka do not adhere strictly to it and also, these protocols are not enforced by security personnel in Awka. This study therefore recommends the proper use and handling of the face mask and the adherence to social distancing. The enforcement of laws against COVID-19 protocol violations should be seen as a point of duty by security operatives so as to serve as deterrent to others.