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Date of this Version

Winter 11-23-2020

Abstract

The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has caused anxiety and fear worldwide. In Indonesia, the Government has implemented large-scale social restrictions during pandemic and it causes trauma to the society. In addition, the information about the coronavirus disease were rapidly published and shared on various media and social networking sites which confuses the public society. Information plays a very important role in society in responding to a pandemic situation appropriately. The aim of this study is to determine the public awareness in dealing with the personal impact of media publicity during COVID-19 pandemic and relating the behaviour and attitude of Generation Z in Jakarta towards large-scale social restrictions. To carry out this study, an online questionnaire were conducted in Jakarta and a total of 278 respondents were sampled, consisting of women (n = 183) and men (n = 95). Data collection was carried out in May 2020. The results showed that exposure to COVID-19 information from various sources caused them often to changing their behavior, experienced more fear, more confused and anxious to get COVID-19 transmission. The sources of information used are varied, such as: social media, online news websites and health websites. The exposure to this information often changes Gen Z's willingness with government orders and policies about the spread of COVID-19: strongly agree about the PSBB policy and they rarely did activities outside during the PSBB policy. This compliance is seen in their implementation of health protocols: wearing face masks, social distancing, wash hands and use hand sanitizers.

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