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Table 1 Description of the variables used in this study

From: The use of medicinal plants to prevent COVID-19 in Nepal

Variable Type Symbol Categories Remarks/ Details
Plant number Numeric Plants NA Number of plant species used
Education Ordinal Education Primary, secondary, university Formal education of respondents
Occupation Nominal Occupation Agriculture, business, job, jobless, wage earner, remittance The main source of livelihood of the respondents
Age Ordinal Age > 20
20–29
30–39
40–49
50–59
60–69
70–79
Age of the respondents
Gender Nominal Sex Male (M)
Female (F)
Gender of the respondents
Primary treatment mode Nominal Primary treatment mode Allopathy, Ayurvedic, homeopathy Mode of treatment people normally follow
Source of information Nominal Source of information WHO, national health authorities, social media, local community Source of information people follow to use medicinal plant
Medicinal plant use Ordinal Medicinal plant use status Increase, decrease, same, never used The medicinal plant use status during COVID-19 compared to before COVID-19
Recommendation of medicinal plant Ordinal Recommendation Strong, moderate, low, never Respondents’ recommendation levels were recorded
Living conditions during lockdown Nominal Living conditions Urban, rural The place of living during lockdown was recorded
Living with family Nominal Living with family Yes
No
Respondents living with family or not are recorded
Plant growing conditions Ordinal Medicinal plant growing condition Less, same, more, started, never Plants’ growing conditions during COVID-19 pandemic
Knowledge about medicinal plant Ordinal Knowledge of medicinal plant Increase, decrease, same, confused The respondents’ knowledge level on the use of medicinal plant
Habit analysis Nominal Habit Herb, shrub, climber, tree Types of plant mentioned by the respondents