6 Self-isolation Protocol for Preventing COVID-19
Windowofworld.com – In some country, the number of patients infected with the Corona virus or COVID-19 continues to grow. So that the level of spread is not getting worse, the government recommends that the community stay at home and implement a self-isolation protocol, especially for those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
An independent isolation protocol is issued by the government with the aim of reducing transmission of COVID-19. Because the Corona virus is easily spread and can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.
This protocol is not for everyone. The following are people who are advised to do the standalone isolation protocol:
- Have one of the mild symptoms of COVID-19, such as cough, fever, or sore throat that can be treated at home, and does not have concomitant diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, or chronic lung disease
- Living with people who have COVID-19 symptoms
- Have undergone a COVID-19 rapid test and the results are positive, but no symptoms
Self-isolation Protocol that need to be applied
If you have symptoms or close contact with people who have symptoms, you must be responsible for independent isolation at home, for at least 14 days. The following are the things you need to do during self-isolation at home according to government recommendations:
1. Do not move outside the home
If you are in isolation, you may not leave the house or go to public places even for work. If possible, work from home during isolation. However, if it hurts, it is recommended that you rest for a while to recover.
If you have symptoms and recover in less than 14 days, you still have to stay at home and wait until the isolation period is over. As much as possible, avoid receiving guests.
If during isolation there is a need to go outdoors, such as buying food or medicine, ask someone else who is not undergoing isolation to do so. You can also take advantage of online service applications to meet your daily needs.
2. Avoid close contact with people who live in the same house
While at home, you are advised to be in a separate room with other occupants of the house. Rooms are advised to have good ventilation and lighting.
Even so, that does not mean you must always be in the room and other people may not enter. This is permissible, provided it remains within certain limits.
When you are in one room with other residents, keep your distance or do physical distancing, especially with people who are vulnerable to COVID-19, such as the elderly, chronic disease owners, and pregnant women. Keep a distance of at least 1 meter and avoid talking face to face with others for more than 15 minutes.
3. Wear a mask
Even at home, you are still advised to wear a mask, which is a type of surgical mask, to prevent transmission to family or people who are in the same house with you.
If there is no mask, you are advised not to linger in one room with other occupants of the house. If one of the occupants of the house enters the isolation room, for example to deliver food, you are advised to wear a cloth mask to reduce the risk of transmission.
4. Use separate equipment
During independent isolation, use separate plates, spoons, forks and glasses. Toiletries, such as towels and toothbrushes, must also be separate from other residents of the house.
In addition, provide a trash can or a special plastic bag to remove the tissue that you use to cough, sneeze, and clean your mouth or nose. You are also advised to regularly clean the surface of objects that are frequently touched, such as washbasins, door handles, or telephones, with disinfectant liquid.
5. Apply clean and healthy life behavior
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Don’t forget to drink lots of water, at least 8 glasses a day, and consume nutritious food. You are also advised to sunbathe and do light exercise in the sun every morning for 15-30 minutes so that your body is fitter and healed faster.
Monitor your health independently, by measuring your body temperature every day and observing the symptoms that arise. If you have a fever, you can take drugs that contain paracetamol according to the rules of use listed on the drug’s packaging.
In addition, stay in touch with family members and friends via telephone, video calls, or social media. Do not let isolation at home make you feel left out and lonely.
6. Contact the hospital
If in the middle of isolation new complaints arise or complaints that you experience become burdensome, such as high fever accompanied by persistent cough and difficulty breathing, immediately contact the hospital or COVID-19 hotline to get treatment.
So that other people are not infected, you are advised to remain at home. If needed, the hospital will send a special ambulance to pick you up.
Isolation at home can be difficult for some people. However, this simple method is effective to protect you, your family and people around you, even the entire Indonesian community from COVID-19.
Regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms and contact with people who suffer or are suspected of suffering from COVID-19, everyone is advised to stay at home and limit activities outside the home, especially those involving many people. If possible, ask for options for work or study from home.
Because the Corona virus or SARS-CoV-2 can spread even from people who do not feel symptoms. So, someone can be infected or transmit this virus without realizing it.