E3S Web Conf.
Volume 340, 2022The 13th of Aceh International Workshop and Expo on Sustainable Tsunami Disaster Recovery (The 13th AIWEST-DR 2021)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Human Security, Pandemic, and Communicable Disease|
|Published online||25 January 2022|
Community’s knowledge, attitude, and misperception towards COVID-19: a future demand to prevent advanced wave of pandemic
1 Doctoral Student, Medical Faculty, Syiah Kuala University, Aceh, Indonesia, 23111
2 Medical Faculty, Syiah Kuala University, Aceh, Indonesia, 23111
3 Nursing Faculty, Syiah Kuala University, Aceh, Indonesia, 23111
4 Public Health Faculty, Serambi Mekkah University, Aceh, Indonesia, 23123
5 IMANI-PROKAMI (Islamic Medical Association and Network of Indonesia-Perhimpunan Profesi Kesehatan Muslim Indonesia), Aceh, Indonesia
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coronavirus disease 19 is currently a global health threat. Viral spread prevention is essential as a feasible intervention strategy. The aim of this study was to determine the level of community knowledge, attitude, and perception towards Covid-19 in Aceh province. An electronic questionnaire was shared with 1,058 participants in the Covid-19 seminars organized by IMANI-PROKAMI Aceh Chapter (Islamic Medical Association and Network of Indonesia - Perhimpunan Profesi Kesehatan Muslim Indonesia), which were held between August 30th to Sept 20th, 2020. The questionnaire collected demographic data as well as data related to knowledge, perception, and attitude towards Covid-19 prevention. There were 1,058 survey participants, 841 (79.5%) of them were women, 366 (34.6%) were between 26 and 35 of age, 705 (66.6%) had a college degree and 540 (51.0%) were government employees. Most of participants had good knowledge and attitude about Covid-19 and its prevention. However, 44.1% of participants believed that the virus was created in research laboratories, as a result of conspiration (35.4%), and related to political issues (20%). They doubted the accuracy of Covid-19 diagnostic test (52.5%) and effectiveness of vaccines (28.2%). The results show multiple cases of misinformation around Covid19. Therefore, stakeholders need to counteract the community misperception towards disease by a transparent and strategic collaboration between society, government, and media, to increase positive perception, attitude, and practice of the community toward Covid19’s prevention.
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