Correlation of Attitude and Readiness of New Normal Behavior in Covid-19 Pandemic in Tasikmalaya, West Java, Indonesia


Imas Masturoh, Andi Suhenda, Fery Fadly

 

Department of Medical Record and Health Information, Health Polytechnics

Ministry of Health, Tasikmalaya, West Java, Indonesia

 

ABSTRACT

 

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic is far more than a health crisis: it has unpredictably changed our whole way of life. To stop the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative to institute effective infection prevention and control practices globally, nationally, and at the community level. Consequently, it is urgent to understand the public knowledge, reactions, adherence to, and acceptance of such measures that affect their daily life in several ways, especially psychologically, socially, and physically. The purpose of this study was to examine the correlation of attitude and readiness of new normal behavior in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Subjects and Method: This was a mixed-method study conducted in Tasikmalaya, West Java, Indonesia, from July to December 2020. A sample of 254 study subjects aged >15 years was selected for a quantitative study. The dependent variable was the readiness to face new normal behavior in the COVID-19 pandemic. The independent variable was attitude. The qualitative data were collected by in-depth interviews. A quantitative study was assessed by Chi-square.

Results: Positive attitude was positively associated with the readiness of new normal behavior in the COVID-19 pandemic (OR= 2.88; 95% CI= 1.70 to 4.90; p= 0.001) and it was statistically significant. The results of the in-depth interview show that the obstacles that occur in dealing with COVID-19 in the city of Tasikmalaya are the lack of public awareness, the existence of community stigma against sufferers, weak central and local government policies, and lack of socialization.

Conclusion: Positive attitude is positively associated with the readiness of new normal behavior in the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Keywords: attitude, readiness, new normal, COVID-19 pandemic.

Correspondence: Imas Masturoh. Department of Medical Record and Health Information, Health Polytech­nic Ministry of Health, Tasikmalaya. Email: imas.mth@gmail.com. Mobile: 081320133137.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/ICPHpromotion.FP.08.2021.24

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