COVID-19 Survivors: The Role of Religion and Religiosity


This study aims to explore the role of religion and determine the impact of using religion and religiosity on COVID-19 survivors. This research was conducted in Lampung Province, Indonesia. This study uses a qualitative method, with a phenomenological approach and data analysis—interpretative phenomenological analysis. The instruments used are in-depth interviews and observations toward eight positive COVID-19 patients with the criteria of experiencing moderate or severe symptoms and undergoing isolation in the hospital. This study found results, namely, 1. A deep belief in the greatness of God, deep appreciation of the sensation of asking and praying to God, surrender and ridho of God’s decree, gratitude and meaning in life; 2. Religious practice (prayer, dhikr, reciting, saying Asma Allah); 3. Social support (information, emotional, instrumental, appreciation appraisal support). The impact of the meaning of religiosity felt by COVID-19 survivors has increased their beliefs in God, feeling more stable emotions, reducing anxiety, being able to think positively, feeling more optimistic about healing, and feeling a deep spiritual sensation. This study concludes that religion and religiosity can provide energy so that a person can survive COVID-19.

Keywords: Religion, COVID-19, Phenomenology

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