Survey data of COVID-19-related knowledge, risk perceptions and precautionary behavior among Nigerians

P. O. Olapegba, S. K. Iorfa, S. O. Kolawole, R. Oguntayo, J. C. Gandi, I. F. A. Ottu, O. Ayandele

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    In response to the global call for strategic information to understand the novel coronavirus, the dataset presented in this paper is an examination of COVID-19-related knowledge, risk perceptions and precautionary health behavior among Nigerians. The data were generated during the COVID-19 lockdown in the country through a survey distributed via an online questionnaire, assessing socio-demographic information (7 items), knowledge (5 items), information sources (1 item), risk perception (9 items), expected end of lockdown (1 item), and COVID-19 precautionary health behavior (10 items), from 28th March to 4th April, 2020, gathering a total of 1,357 responses. A combination of purposive and snowball techniques helped to select the respondents via Whatsapp and Facebook from 180 cities/towns in the 6 geopolitical zones of Nigeria. The survey data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The entire dataset is stored in a Microsoft Excel Worksheet (xls) and the questionnaire is attached as a supplementary file. The data will assist in curbing the Coronavirus pandemic by offering evidence for strategic and targeted interventions as well as health policy formulations and implementation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number105685
    Number of pages6
    JournalData In Brief
    Early online date18 May 2020
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


    • COVID-19
    • knowledge
    • Nigeria
    • precautionary behavior
    • risk perceptions
    • survey data

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