Escape from the news about COVID-19, or the disease caused by transmission of the novel coronavirus (novel coronavirus), or what is commonly referred to as the coronavirus may be impossible, and naturally feel anxious as a result. . As the number of countries affected by it increases, you are probably currently busy preparing yourself in case you have a similar problem in the neighborhood where you live. As scary as it is, there is no need to panic if until now, there has been no confirmed government case in your area. However, remain alert by following the guidelines recommended by both the Indonesian government and the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce the spread of this disease.  X Research resources
Preventing the Spread of the Virus
Get vaccinated. If you can use it, join the COVID-19 vaccination program. Several types of vaccine have been approved for emergency use in Indonesia and around the world. COVID-19 vaccination in Indonesia is divided into 4 stages, taking into account the availability and time of arrival of the vaccine. In general, health workers, public service workers, and higher -risk seniors will be the first to get the vaccine.
Some vaccines approved for emergency use in Indonesia are vaccines made by Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Pfizer. Currently, you can also track vaccine availability through the Vaccine Allocation page on the website of the Ministry of Health of Indonesia.
Most likely, you will not be able to choose what vaccine you will receive and when you will receive the vaccine because of its limited availability. However, the use of the vaccine has shown good protection against COVID-19 infection in trials and greatly reduces the chance that you will have severe symptoms and be hospitalized.
Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water. Although it ‘t is simple, actually washing your hands is the best way to protect yourself from pain! To do this, you just need to wet your hands with hot running water, then pour enough soap on your palms. Rub hands for 20 seconds, then rinse thoroughly.
A hand sanitizer that contains alcohol will also help kill viruses. However, make sure you only use it as a supplement to, not a substitute, to your method of hand washing.
Perform physical distancing by staying home as long as possible. Viruses spread more easily to many people. Fortunately, you can help protect yourself and others by staying home. Only leave the house when absolutely necessary, such as shopping for daily necessities. If not, just enjoy your time at home.
If you are at high risk and have family members who still need to work outside the home, you should be careful and limit contact with them for your own safety.
If you decide to socialize with other people, try to limit the number of visitors to your event to 10 people or fewer. Remember, even young and healthy people can catch the virus and pass it on to other people. Check your city or province’s guidelines to find out what events are currently allowed.
There are so many ways to have fun at home! You can play, do something, read a book, exercise in the yard, or just watch a movie.
Keep a minimum distance of 1.5-2 m from other people while in public places. Sometimes you may still need to go out in public places like shopping. Try to keep your distance from other people in case you get sick. COVID-19 may be passed before symptoms appear. So, for the sake of mutual safety, keep your distance!
Try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth. The direct way the new corona virus is transmitted is when you are hit by the patient’s sputum or mucus. Meanwhile, there is also indirect transmission, especially when you accidentally touch the sputum or snot, then touch your face afterwards. Therefore, do not touch your face if you have not already washed your hands so that any germs or viruses that have entered your hands are not transferred to your body!
If possible, always use a tissue to wipe your nose or cover your mouth when you cough, especially if your hands get dirty.
Avoid shaking hands with other people, both healthy and sick. Unfortunately, people infected with the corona virus can spread the disease even if they have no symptoms. Therefore, it is best not to shake hands with anyone until the COVID-19 threat is over. Try to politely refuse to help other people.
For example, you fold your hands in front of your chest while smiling. In this situation, that person must understand the reason.
Keep your distance from people who sneeze or cough. Even if they don’t have COVID-19, it’s best if you don’t take risks and keep your distance from people who show symptoms of a respiratory infection. Politely and not in a hurry, keep yourself away from people who are coughing or sneezing.
If the two of you are talking, politely ask to leave. For example, you might say, “You’re coughing, aren’t you? Duh , I hope you get well soon huh? I’m really sorry I have to keep my distance a bit because I do n’t want to be infected. “
Clean things you touch, both in public and at home. Although the Ministry of Health has not issued official instructions on this topic, it is a good idea to maximize cleanliness at home, work and public places. The trick, you can spray disinfectant on a hard surface or wipe it with a wet tissue. Whenever possible, also spray a soft surface with a suitable disinfectant.
For example, spray Lisol on countertops, guardrail surfaces, and doorknobs. Alternatively, you can also use bleach such as Bayclin to clean hard surfaces.
Lysol can also be applied to soft surfaces.
If you prefer to use natural cleaning agents, try using vinegar.
Only wear a surgical mask if recommended by the doctor or if you are sick. In fact, the current use of surgical masks is prioritized to protect health workers. However, if you have a cough or cold, be sure to wear a mask to prevent your coughs and sneezing from infecting others, and stay home .
No need to buy a surgical mask just in case. In fact, this behavior will reduce the supply of surgical masks on the market, making it more difficult for people and health workers who need them more to buy them!
Storing Food Stock at Home
Fill the pantry and freezer with food that can meet your needs in 2-4 weeks. If you cannot get out of the house because you are sick or the infection is spreading, of course it is impossible to travel to the market or supermarket. Therefore, you need to buy enough food stock to fill the kitchen and refrigerator in the coming weeks.
Buy canned foods such as sardines, and other foods that have a long shelf life.
Buy frozen foods such as meat, bread, etc. which can be stored for a long time and can be softened whenever it is consumed.
For those who are keen on drinking milk, try to buy powdered milk that has a longer shelf life than liquid milk, especially in case you can’t get out of the house for a while.
Don’t stop cooking healthy food during a pandemic! Fresh ingredients can also be frozen and added to your cooking later. Or, opt for canned or frozen vegetables with little added ingredient. Keeping healthy cereal in the kitchen is also great for making healthy meals.
Buy additional daily necessities such as toilet paper, soap and detergent. If potential contagion begins to touch the area where you live, or if your neighbor tests positive for the new coronavirus , you probably won’t be able to leave the house for several weeks. To deal with this possibility, do not forget to buy various daily necessities in slightly more quantities than usual, or which will meet your needs within a month. Some items that need to be purchased in larger quantities:
Tissue large enough to cover part of the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
Buy over-the-counter medications that are commonly used to treat respiratory infections. Although there is no cure for a new corona virus infection, the symptoms can be relieved with the help of over-the-counter medications to treat respiratory tract infections. For example, you can buy a package of decongestants, acetaminophen (Panadol), and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen ( Advil , Motrin ) or naproxen ( Aleve ). Or, you can also buy cough syrups and other types of cough medicine to reduce the severity of the cough.
If you have many family members, try to buy several packages of medicine at once in case more than one person gets sick. Ask your doctor for recommendations about the most appropriate amount of medication, yes!
Keep medications to meet your medical needs for at least 30 days. If you need to take medication every day, try to consult a doctor about the possibility of having a large stock of medications, just in case you can’t get out of the house until the threat of the corona virus subsides. At the very least, prepare a stock of medicine for the next 30 days!
Specifically, you may need to take up to half a prescription drug every week or two to keep it in stock for 30 days.
Discuss these options with your doctor and ask for the recommendation that best suits your needs.
Preparing for the Closure of Offices and Educational Institutions
Plan childcare patterns if schools and daycare temporarily stop working. If transmission of the corona virus begins to enter the area where you live, there is a high probability that various public places will be closed to prevent further spread. If you work as well, the situation will definitely be difficult. Therefore, start developing a treatment plan for your child in advance so that you will not be confused if this situation occurs.
For example, you can ask for help from relatives to take care of children if the school or daycare is not working. Or, you can also ask your employer for permission to work from home so you can take care of your children without the help of a third party.
Children may be watching TV and using the computer longer than usual. Schedule new activities and help them choose the right shows and movies to watch.
Discuss the possibility of working from home with your boss in the office. Although there is no need to worry too much, working from home is a smart choice if coronavirus transmission begins to enter the area where you live, especially since most public areas are likely to be closed to prevent the spread of the virus. To prepare yourself before the situation happens, don’t forget to discuss the possibility of working from home with your boss. In particular, discuss the types of work that can be done at home, as well as your future work patterns and hours.
You might say, “I see that there are already some companies that allow their employees to work from home, especially in areas affected by the corona virus, such as in Jakarta. If a similar situation happens here, I hope to get your permission to work from home. Can we discuss these options? “
Working from home, unfortunately, is not an option that everyone can live with. However, there is nothing wrong with preparing yourself to undergo these options if you have something to do at home.
Find information about local organizations that are willing to provide financial support for people who have lost income due to the spread of the corona virus. If your profession does not allow you to work from home, then how can you meet your day-to-day financial needs in the future? Unfortunately, not all companies are willing to provide benefits for employees laid off because of the potential to have a corona .virus in their place. Since there is no official policy from the central government or local government regarding compensation for employees forced to lay off, try to find information about local organizations or NGOs that are willing to provide donations or financial assistance, such as those available in the United States today.
Local religious organizations can also provide financial assistance and assistance to people in need.
Try not to worry too much. Remember, the very possibility of the spread afflicts everyone in the world, and rest assured that the local community will not mind contact if you test positive for COVID-19.
Enriching Information and Keeping Calm
Read the latest information about the new corona virus, at least once a day. Since the Ministry of Health and WHO provide new information every day, there is nothing wrong with checking the information to suppress inappropriate fears and protect yourself from possible transmission. However, frequent news reading has the potential to increase these fears, try to do it once a day.
The latest information from WHO can be viewed on this page: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125cd
Remember, right now your chances of being infected with the new corona virus in Indonesia are still relatively low . Therefore, try to stay calm.
Make a plan related to your family’s safety. This method is worth using to help you be more calm in dealing with the corona virus. In addition, your children may also have a million virus -related questions. Therefore, to help prepare yourself and your closest relatives, try inviting them to discuss different ways to live well amid the possible spread of corona virus. Some things you can do:
Assure all family members that the supply of food and other household supplies is still adequate to this day.
Assure your children that you are always ready to take care of them, regardless of the circumstances.
Provide ideas on how to spend time at home when the corona virus starts to enter the area where you live.
Distribute emergency numbers to all family members.
Provide a “room for solitude ” or special treatment room at home to accommodate sick family members.
Improve your lifestyle to strengthen your immune system. Since there is no definitive cure for a new coronavirus infection , your immune system will be the first line of defense it needs to enter. Fortunately, the immune system can always be improved by improving your lifestyle. For that, try to consult a lifestyle that suits your doctor’s needs. Some things you can try:
Eat fresh vegetables or fruits with every meal.
Exercise 30 minutes at least 5 days a week.
Take a multivitamin if your doctor allows.
Sleep 7-9 hours per night.
Get vaccinated against the flu, if you haven’t already.
Call your doctor if you are worried about your symptoms. Although not all symptoms of the disease are caused by a corona virus infection, take it seriously! If you experience symptoms such as fever, cough, and breathing problems, contact your doctor immediately to determine the presence or absence of corona virus infection in your body. Before contacting the doctor, do not travel anywhere to reduce the risk of spread. After that, the doctor will take a sample of the specimen to be examined in the laboratory and confirm your diagnosis.
Do not go to the hospital or clinic without letting them know that you may be infected with the coronavirus. Most likely, you will need to isolate from other patients and put in your own room. Or, your doctor may ask you to stay home or stay in the car.
If you are infected with the coronavirus, you may be allowed to self-quarantine at home. However, if your doctor suspects you are at risk for complications, you may need to be hospitalized.
Check travel warnings before traveling and avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary. Experts advise people to avoid unnecessary travel to help reduce the spread of the virus. Even if you have to travel, check all necessary warnings and requirements, especially during the implementation of community activity restrictions (PPKM).
Please note, high -risk people should not travel for a while. The elderly, people with co-morbidities, or those with immunodeficiency should not travel unless absolutely necessary to reduce the risk of infection.
If the concern doesn’t go away, there’s nothing wrong with delaying departure and asking for a refund, if possible. Check if this option exists or not with the company serving your ticket sales.