How to Reduce the Risk of Covid-19 Virus
The best way to prevent it is not exposed to the corona virus. Most people get it directly from inhaling coughing or breathing of a sick person. People can also contract the virus by touching the surface of objects contaminated by coughing or breathing in sick people. Experts say the corona virus can live on the surface of objects for several hours to several days and therefore, washing hands with soap and running water becomes very important.
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- Wash your hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds and remind children to wash their hands with soap properly. (Use an easy way to measure the duration of 20 seconds, such as singing Happy Birthday 2x)
- Wash hands with soap when arriving at home, work or school, before eating, before preparing food, and after using the toilet.
- Use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if soap and running water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbows folded when coughing or sneezing or use a tissue, which is immediately thrown into a closed trash can after use. Wash hands with soap and running water or hand sanitizer.
- Keep a distance of at least 1 meter from people. Don’t be near unhealthy people
- Avoid touching the face because the mouth, nose, eyes can be the entrance of the virus.
- Diligent gargling because most diseases enter through the throat.
Reduce Direct Contact (Social Distancing)
When people who are sick of COVID-19 are being isolated but spread the corona virus rapidly to their territory through close contact, then the pattern is called community transmission. The more widespread community transmission occurs, then additional action needs to be taken, namely reducing contact between one citizen and other residents in the area (social distancing or here will be referred to as reducing contact between residents).
Events that bring crowds such as soccer matches, music concerts, religious events and large gatherings have been postponed everywhere, in Indonesia and in various other parts of the world.
Including measures to reduce contact between residents is to reduce counseling activities in public places, close schools and reduce the use of public transportation that is not important.
The act of reducing contact between citizens can be increased to a higher stage by considering the increasingly widespread distribution and by considering the effectiveness and impact on the community. If the spread of the virus occurs in certain locations, the action to reduce contact between citizens is first carried out at these locations and not directly at the national level.
The following is the guide of the experts:
- Avoid large gatherings (more than 10 people)
- Do not go to health facilities unless needed. If you have a family member or friend hospitalized, limit visitors – especially if they are children or high-risk groups (elderly people and people with a disease that can aggravate, such as heart problems, diabetes and other chronic diseases)
- High-risk people should stay at home and avoid meetings or other activities that can expose them to viruses, including traveling
- Give support to family members (who do not live in your house) or infected neighbors without having to meet in person, for example by telephone or WA.
- Follow official guidelines in your area that can change your routine including school or work activities
- Follow the development of information because the situation can change quickly according to the development of the disease and its spread.
- Remember that if everyone does what must be done, we can all go through this and return to normal life.
- If you experience symptoms of a corona virus infection (COVID-19) go to the nearest hospital to get further tests
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