Insight on knowledge, risk perception and practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19: a cross-sectional study in Italian college students

Published: 10 June 2021| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/7stvxrdznc.1
Francesca Licata,
Alessandra Oliverio,
Gianfranco Di Gennaro,
Carmelo Giuseppe Angelo Nobile,
Aida Bianco


The dataset was used in a cross-sectional study primarily aimed to investigate knowledge, risk perception and practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 In one month period, between 1st and 31th of July 2020 a cross-sectional study was conducted in a representative sample of the Italian colege student of one public university of Calabria Region, that include both medical or life science and non-medical or life science courses. The information is collected through a online questionnaire that is filled in by respondents. The online survey was sent via institutional email. An anonymous and structured questionnaire was used, comprising of five sections: (1) the first section gathered data on demographic characteristics; (2) the second section evaluated students’ knowledge about COVID-19; (3) the third section evaluated risk perception related to COVID-19; (4) the fourth section evaluated adherence to prevent control measures on COVID-19; (5) the fifth section explored the information sources that students used to update their knowledge about COVID-19.