Novel coronavirus (68) Surveying Coronavirus: What do we know about it?

1 March, 2020

Dear HIFA members,


I am Ph.D student from UAE University, UAE.

The surge of coronavirus is increasing and new cases are emerging all over the world. I am doing a short (< 3 minutes) survey to assess our level of knowledge that we have about coronavirus. I request your kind support to participate in this survey and also recommend your colleagues to participate in it. Your participation is highly appreciated.

The reason for doing this survey is to understand the level of awareness among HIFA/CHIFA members. [*see note below] As lack of knowledge and awareness among health professionals is the key factor that can increase the risk of transmission and also important to provide sufficient information to the patients and the public. With the current surge of coronavirus spreading globally, a better understanding of the level of knowledge and awareness among health professionals can help us to tailor better interventions to improve their knowledge towards Novel coronavirus.

I developed this short questionnaire using the WHO preparedness and knowledge information shared by the WHO recently.

Dr. Akshaya Srikanth Bhagavathula

Department of Internal Medicine

College of Medicine and Health Sciences,

UAE University, Al Ain, UAE


HIFA profile: Dr. Akshaya Bhagavathula, Pharm.D, is currently a Ph.D student at the Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, UAE.

Professional interest: Communicable and Non-communicable disease, Cohort studies, Cardiovascular disease research. Email: akshaypharmd AT

[*Note from HIFA moderator (NPW): I note the survey has also been distributed to the Public Health in the Arab World discussion forum, of which I am a member]