The outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has impacted and changed lives on a global scale. Since the first report of the confirmed cases of the Covid-19 in China and spread, the world has witnessed unprecedented mortality and morbidity, resulting in global public health emergency generating different public perception. This study examines public perception of the pandemic in Tarauni and Kano Municipal LGA. The objectives of the study are to determine: residents’ awareness on Covid-19; the residents’ knowledge of Covid-19; and the residents’ perception of the existence of Covid-19 among residents of Tarauni LGA and Kano Metropolitan Area. Perception Theory was and Knowledge Gap Theory was adopted for the study. Survey method was employed for the study and 400 respondents selected through multi-stage sampling and questionnaires as a data collection tool. The study found that respondents are aware of the Covid-19. The knowledge of Covid-19 in the two local governments is 23.4%. The study further found that majority of the respondents did not believe that Covid-19 exists. The study concludes that there is a lacuna regarding public awareness, knowledge and perception of Covid-19 in Tarauni LGA and Kano Metropolitan Area of Kano State.
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