Unesa.ac.id, SURABAYA-State University of Surabaya in collaboration with the Covid-19 Handling Task Force for Behavior Change held a National Webinar with the theme "Preparedness in Facing the Potential for the 3rd Wave of Covid-19 Through Behavior Change" on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 online and broadcast on Unesa Official Youtube.
The webinar was guided by Kenia Ari as the moderator by presenting three speakers, namely, Prof. dr. Tjandra Yoga Aditama, SpP(K), Professor of the Faculty of Health, University of Indonesia, dr. Tirta Mandira Hudhi, Social Media Influencer, and Diana Setyawati, M.Hsc.Psy., Ph.D, Lecturer of the Faculty of Psychology UGM.
The event began with remarks by the Chancellor of Unesa, Prof. Dr. H. Nurhasan M.Kes, who conveyed the importance of adaptation, innovation, and collaboration in conducting health protocol education. With the spirit of successfully handling the second wave of Covid-19, it is hoped that it will be a provision to face the pandemic in the future.
Head of the Covid-19 Handling Task Force for Behavior Change, Dr. Sonny Harry B Harmadi, S.E., M.E., said that changes in the behavior of 3M and 3T are constantly being socialized by the government wherever they are. The goal is that the public is more educated and the current low number of cases is maintained.
He added that the fourth wave of data that is currently happening in parts of Europe, such as the UK, Russia, Germany, and Poland. This is a hot issue as well as a warning for Indonesia to remain vigilant. "Anticipation and vigilance must be carried out through changes in clean and healthy living behavior, maintaining distance, masks and of course consuming healthy food and exercising regularly," he said.
Lecturer of the Faculty of Psychology UGM, Diana Setyawati, explained material on psychological issues, namely mental health facing the third wave of Covid-19. Diana alluded to Pandemic Fatigue or mental exhaustion experienced by people due to the pandemic. "Our anxiety and mental fatigue during this pandemic is a normal reaction in an abnormal situation," he explained.
The lecturer at the UGM Faculty of Psychology also added that the Pandemic Fantigue could subside on its own until it recovered completely over time. "The most important psychological factor in dealing with the third wave of Covid-19 is positive thinking followed by the spiritual aspect (Meaning Making)," he added.
Then, Professor of the Faculty of Health, University of Indonesia, Tjandra Yoga Aditama said, Indonesia needs to be vigilant regarding the potential for a third wave of Covid-19. Preventive efforts can be carried out as early as possible by means of 3M and 5M. Especially the distribution of vaccinations, emphasis on reducing community mobility, and self-examination as early as possible if there are indications of health problems.
He continued, the resilience of hospitals in a pandemic condition like this must be maintained. "Another thing that must not be overlooked in handling Covid-19 is the health facility sector, such as hospitals, which must adapt quickly and must have flexibility. Hospitals between cities must be interrelated,” he said.
Social Media Influencer, dr. Tirta Mandira Hudhi, said that the number of Covid-19 cases will always experience ups and downs. Therefore dr. Tirta appealed to the importance of maintaining antibodies in a pandemic situation. "Although the third wave will not necessarily occur, various probability variables such as Christmas and New Year's holidays (Nataru) are points that must be considered," he stressed.
He emphasized that the key in dealing with the current Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia lies in the ability to communicate information in one direction well, because in reality people are still confused due to overlapping information. "Read the full information from a trusted source," he ordered. [UNESA PR]
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