Dr Cyril BisongAbuo, Dr Paulina Mbua Anake, Dr Akomaye Agwu Undie, & Prof Anthonia Emmanuel Inaja
This study examined the relationship between adherence to safety measures and combating COVID-19 in public universities in Cross River State. Two hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. Correlational survey research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study consisted of 3,456 final year undergraduates in the University of Calabar and Cross River University of Technology. A sample of 800 students was selected from Faculties of Education and Social Science in both universities using stratified, purposive and proportionate random sampling procedures. A questionnaire was used for data collection. The instrument was face-validated by two experts in Measurement and Evaluation from the University of Calabar. The reliability estimates of the questionnaire were established through the Cronbach alpha which range from .75 to .80. Pearson Product Moment Correlation was the statistical technique used for data analysis. The results revealed that physical distancing and wearing of mask significantly relate with combating COVID-19 in public universities in Cross River State. Based on these findings, it was recommended that regular orientation should be given to students on how to and when to use COVID-19 safety measures in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and promote interpersonal relationship.