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Stay-at-home: impact of pandemic covid-19 on the use of indoor space in Malaysian households

Kamarudin, K. H. and Golam Hassan, A. A. and Mohamed, A. and Yahya, A. S. and Rashid, M. F. (2022) Stay-at-home: impact of pandemic covid-19 on the use of indoor space in Malaysian households. In: 2nd International Conference on Urban Design and Planning: Sustainable Urban Design and Development in Post-Pandemic World, ICUDEP 2022, 11 June 2022, Virtual, Online.


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1755-1315/1082/1/012009


The prolongation of the Pandemic COVID-19 has undermined the healthcare system and negatively impacted the economy and social development on a global and regional scale. At the human settlement level, responding to the pandemic situation has altered the broad spectrum of our daily routine down to the family and individual levels. Prior to the lockdown popularly known as the Movement Control Order (MCO), which the government introduced, the public was urged to limit outdoor movements and stay at home hence, encouraging the adoption of Work From Home (WFH) for employees and Home-based Teaching and Learning (PdPR) for the academic community and school students. Other than technological readiness for online working and teaching, the new normal also prompted new challenges for households in utilizing indoor spaces at home, especially for quarantine as well as for WFH and PdPR activities. In this light, a series of household surveys using questionnaires to determine the preference and usage of indoor space among households have been conducted in 39 locations/settlements across peninsular Malaysia. A total of 504 respondents participated and fieldwork and interview processes. Findings of the study indicated a majority of respondents have to designate indoor spaces/rooms for home quarantine (58%), and the three indoor spaces, in particular, have been monitored regularly by respondents during the pandemic, namely living areas (39%), kitchen (25%) and bedroom (21%). During MCO, most of them spent 1 to 4 hours per day for PdPR (43%), and 47% of respondents have a designated learning space at home for PdPR. In summary, pandemic COVID-19 has raised awareness among households regarding the selection and usage of indoor space to conduct various activities while they have to stay at home.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:covid-19, pandemic, quarantine
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT101-395 Sociology, Urban
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:98435
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:08 Jan 2023 10:16
Last Modified:08 Jan 2023 10:16

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