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Awareness of Covid-19 and the Effects of Lockdown Among Adolescents in Palakkad District of Kerala

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus in Wuhan, China. Most people infected by the COVID-19 virus experience bouts of mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring any special treatment. The elderly and those with various underlying medical problems like chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes are more likely to develop severe illness. (World Health Organization, 2020). On March 24, 2020, India's prime minister called for a 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic. This study intends to understand children's awareness levels regarding COVID-19 and the effect of lockdown on them. The study also tries to understand how children spend their time at home, the psychological issues, and the coping strategies adopted. The study also intends to determine its effectiveness of online classes from the children's point of view. The age group included in the study is 13-18 years from Palakkad district, who could respond online. Survey research design has been used in this study, and Google Forms were used to collect data. The sample size is 60. Keywords: COVID-19, Children, Lockdown, Online classes, Coping strategies

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