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Why we still shake hands: How beliefs inform young people's socializing choices amidst Covid-19 in Nigeria

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posted on 2020-08-18, 16:11 authored by George NcheGeorge Nche
This study examined the reasons why young persons still engage in the act of handshake amidst the spread of Covid-19 in Nigeria. Eight young persons were interviewed and data analyzed descriptively. Findings show that the participants believe that they are not susceptible to the virus due to self-administration of hydroxychloroquine and claim on divine (God-given), geographic (hot temperature) and demographic (being young) immunity.


The researcher received no funding for the study


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Lead author country

  • Nigeria

Lead author job role

  • Higher Education Lecturer

Lead author institution

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Human Participants

  • Yes

Ethics statement

Participation in the study was voluntary and responses were kept anonymous. The study was ethically reviewed and approved by the Ethics Committee of the University of Nigeria.


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