Public knowledge, perception and communication behavior surrounding COVID-19 in Malaysia

Public knowledge, perception and communication behavior surrounding COVID-19 in Malaysia. (2020)


The COVID-19 pandemic is the first to occur in an age of hyperconnectivity. With
unprecedented disruption to the daily activities of billions of people globally, the pandemic
has also reinforced the importance of communication in eliciting appropriate public response
in order to successfully implement public health interventions to contain the outbreak. This
paper presents results from an online anonymous survey conducted in Malay, English and
Chinese, during the first week of the Movement Control Order in Malaysia (n=1075), which
aimed to examine public knowledge, perception and communication behavior in the
Malaysian society in the face of a sudden outbreak and extreme social distancing measures.
Although the level of public knowledge, risk perception and positive communication behavior
surrounding COVID-19 was high, a majority of respondents reported receiving a lot of
questionable information. Multinomial logistic regression further identified that responses
varied significantly across respondent survey language, gender, age, education level and
employment statu

Item Type: Article
Keywords: COVID-19, online survey, public knowledge, science communication
Taxonomy: By Subject > Administrative Science & Policy Studies > Administrative Science
Local Content Hub: Subjects > Administrative Science & Policy Studies
Depositing User: Mohd Fadhli Samsudin
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2021 14:15
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 14:15
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