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The Covid-19 Handling Task Force launched a Behavior Change Guidebook for Handling Covid-19 on Thursday (16/10/2020).
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Editor: Lia Sisvita Dinatri - The Covid-19 Handling Task Force launched a Behavior Change Guidebook for Handling Covid-19 on Thursday (16/10/2020).

The Head of the Covid-19 Handling Task Force's Behavior Change Division, Sonny Harry B Harmadi, said the book was ready to be circulated and became a guideline for stakeholders to make decisions regarding the handling of Covid-19. 

He also emphasized that the government hopes that the community can comply with the agreed concept of behavior change. 

"The behavioral change we hope for is compliance with health protocols. Currently wearing masks, keeping distance and washing hands (3M) are the best vaccines," Sonny said in an online talkshow broadcast on BNPB's official YouTube page, Friday. 

He revealed that the background for the preparation of the book was the existence of various perceptions about changes in behavior in the government, task force and experts.

Sonny said, if there are differences in understanding among stakeholders, it is expected that similar things will occur among the community. 

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On the same occasion, Deputy for Prevention and Preparedness of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Lilik Kurniawan said, since last March there have been many changes in guidelines or regulations in handling Covid-19. 

For example, at that time the use of masks was only recommended for individuals who were exposed to Covid-19 or were sick. 

This recommendation was later changed and now the government requires all people to wear masks. Especially if individuals want to do activities outside the home. 

"Then we also see that each organization makes its own reference. So that the understanding of one party with another is different. When conducting socialization, the community is confused," continued Lilik.

"This book is what we are waiting for to become a common reference from Sabang to Merauke, including for us at BNPB," she added. (*) 

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