Preventing Coronavirus Wisely

COVID-19 has spread to various countries, including Indonesia. The public are advised not to panic, given that there are many ways for us to prevent the spread of the virus.

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ACTNews, JAKARTA - After the announcement of the first Coronavirus cases in Indonesia, Monday (3/2), many people in Indonesia started to panic. They panic-bought basic supplies in stores and markets. Additionally, the prices of face masks and hand sanitizers had started to soar due to the high demand, as these two items are essential to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

In fact, people do not need to worry too much about the spread of the virus. Muhammad Riedha Bambang from ACT Medical Team said that the community needs to maintain a clean and healthy lifestyle to protect themselves from COVID-19 and other diseases. "People who previously lived an unhealthy lifestyle must now change. The goal is to maintain their health and avoid various diseases, not just Coronavirus," he explained, Thursday (3/4).

Riedha also invited people to be deal with the outbreak calmly, as many who were previously infected with this virus have been declared cured. In the place of origin of this virus, China, there have been reports of new case findings, but and the number of infected patients has decreased. However, people need to remain vigilant.

One way that can be done to prevent the spread of this virus is by wisely using face masks. The high demand for face masks soars because many people who are not sick also buy and wear masks, whereas the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the use of masks only for people who are not healthy, showing symptoms of coronavirus infection, as well as medical staff treating patients.

The virus is not spread through the air. According to WHO, the virus is spread through droplets of saliva that come out when sneezing or coughing. People need to be aware of this because the virus in droplets can survive several hours or even days.

As a community, we must also maintain a sense of mutual care. People infected with the virus should not be estranged. Without a sense of mutual care, this virus will be difficult to deal with, and people infected with this virus will have their confidence weakened in their struggle to recover. []