THE world community was shocked with news of the spread of the Corona virus outbreak that began in Wuhan, China in early 2020. To date, there have been more than 28,018 cases of the Corona virus that have spread to other countries in Asia, Australia, America and Europe, claiming 562 lives in China out of a total of 564 deaths worldwide.

This certainly raises concerns for many people, including the people of Indonesia. Intelligence media company Isentia is exploring social media talks about the Corona virus outbreak, to find what is the biggest concern and concern of Indonesian netizens.

From 11,497 total social media talks on January 1 to February 5, 2020, the symptoms and ways to avoid transmission of the plague were the most discussed by netizens about the Corona virus. Based on the results of netizens’ conversations, the initial symptoms that arise when contracting include; colds, fevers, coughs, tightness to pneumonia. However, this transmission can be avoided by periodic hand washing, using a mask, covering the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.

Because it became one of the ways to avoid transmission, mask became the next topic that caught the attention of netizens of 4,577 buzz. Many netizens complained that it was difficult to find masks, so the price of surgical mask sales and N-95 surged. But from the conversation, apparently high prices are not a problem for the community.

In addition, Twitter residents were also surprised by the posting of the @coromodol account, which states that they should not shake hands or wash their hands immediately after shaking hands with a cellphone owner from a Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi. This account also says that the Corona virus can spread through cellphones made in China.

However, this issue has been clarified by the Secretary of the Directorate General of the Indonesian Ministry of Health, Achmad Yurianto, who stressed that this virus cannot be attached to inanimate objects.

“We see the spread of the Corona virus to be a global issue that must be immediately addressed by the government so that it can provide a sense of security to the community because from the results of the analysis in that period, the conversation was dominated by the high response and public concerns about the spread of the Corona virus,” said Yudha Prawira, Insights Manager of Isentia Indonesia on his press release.

“We can also see that netizen uploads or conversations can have an impact in shaping broad public perceptions of events. In this case, for example, issues that develop make the Corona virus look even more terrible, even though there is actually a way to deal with it,” Yudha explained. [ special]