Panic buying behavior and Covid-19 handling knowledge of health workers and non-health workers in Bali
Panic buying occurs when a group of people buys an unreasonable amount of product in anticipation of, or after, a disaster or perceived disaster, like a pandemic situation. This behavior that occurred in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic led to anxiety and scarcity of goods, especially medical equipment related to Covid-19 handling. The lesson from the phenomenon indicates that necessary to know the factors that influence the emergence of panic buying behavior. Therefore, this study aimed to determine the correlation between the demographic factor and knowledge about Covid-19 handling toward panic buying behavior. The online cross-sectional survey was carried out using a questionnaire that had passed a one-shot validity and reliability test. A total of 762 samples were taken with the purposive sampling technique. Descriptive and bivariate tests analyzed the data. There was a significant difference between the health workers and the non-health worker group (P<0.001) in knowledge about Covid-19 handling and a significant correlation between education and panic buying behavior (P=0,028). The results of this study show that behavior that occurs during a pandemic correlated with education level. Respondents with primary and secondary education have a 1.5 times greater tendency to have panic buying behavior than respondents with higher education. A holistic study is still needed to find efforts to increase community resilience in facing crises.
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