Social Distancing to Prevent COVID-19 or Corona Virus
Windowofworld.com – In an effort to deal with the increasingly widespread Corona virus outbreak, the government encourages people to implement social distancing. Let’s get to know what social distancing is and how to do it.
The worsening Corona virus outbreak requires the government to take a stand. Recently, the president of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, suggested each individual to implement social distancing to face the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, what is meant by social distancing?
What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing is one of the steps to prevent and control Corona virus infection by encouraging healthy people to limit visits to crowded places and direct contact with others.
When implementing social distancing, a person is not allowed to shake hands and keep a distance of at least 1 meter when interacting with others, especially with people who are sick or at high risk of suffering from COVID-19.
In addition, there are several common examples of the application of social distancing, namely:
- Work from home (work from home)
- Study at home online for school and college students
- Postpone meetings or events attended by many people, such as conferences, seminars, and meetings, or do it online via video conference or teleconference
- Not visiting people who are sick, but enough by phone or video call
Social Distancing Is Different from Self-Quarantine and Self-Isolation
Besides social distancing, there are also other terms related to efforts to prevent COVID-19 infection, namely self-quarantine and self-isolation. The following is the explanation:
Self-quarantine is aimed at people who are at high risk of being infected with the Corona virus, for example having contact with sufferers of COVID-19, but have not shown symptoms.
People who undergo self-quarantine must quarantine themselves by staying at home for 14 days.
During this period, people undergoing self-quarantine are asked not to receive guests, do not share the use of cutlery and personal utensils with others, keep a distance of at least 1 meter with people who live at home, wear masks when interacting with others, and always maintain personal hygiene and wash hands frequently.
Self-isolation is applied to people who have proven positive for COVID-19. Usually, self-isolation is an alternative treatment effort when the hospital is no longer able to accommodate COVID-19 patients. Applying self-isolation cannot be done haphazardly and must be in the direction of a doctor.
In the process, sufferers of COVID-19 must isolate themselves in a room or a special room in the house and not allowed out so as not to transmit the Corona virus to others.
Anyone who wants to interact directly with sufferers is only allowed for 15 minutes and must wear a mask or personal protective equipment, and keep a distance of 1 meter.
Items used by patients, ranging from toothbrushes to eating places, must be distinguished from items used by other people who live in the same household. Patients are also required to always wear a mask, especially when interacting with others.
Preparations for Social Distancing
There are several things that you need to prepare before undergoing social distancing or social restrictions, namely:
1. Plan activities
You may already be accustomed to activities, such as shopping, without worrying about the crowded or not a place you visit. However, in this period of social restrictions, it must be re-planned. The reason is, visiting a crowded place will increase your risk of contracting the Corona virus.
If you do have to come to a public place, choose a time to visit outside peak hours. For example, when you want to buy groceries at a shopping center, come during the day on a normal day and not on a weekend.
2. Providing the necessary medicines
If you have a particular disease and are undergoing treatment, make sure you have a supply of the medicine you normally use. If necessary, supply other medicines as well, for example paracetamol to ease pain and fever. This needs to be done so that you don’t need to go to the hospital or to the pharmacy if the medicine is gone.
3. Meet daily needs
Prepare a sufficient amount of food, soap, disinfectant, and other daily needs. Avoid punic buying or excessive buying of goods. If you and your family members are healthy, there is no need to prepare a stock of masks.
When buying food, choose and consume balanced nutritious foods that can strengthen the immune system, such as fruits and vegetables, then store the food you have purchased in clean containers and place it in the refrigerator.
4. Prepare for internet access
If you have to study or work from home, internet access is certainly an important thing that you need to prepare. In order to keep learning or working smoothly, provide sufficient Wi-Fi or internet quota and have a stable speed.
In addition to helping you study or work, you can also use the internet to find the latest information about Corona virus outbreak situations or run online applications for daily use.
Social distancing might disrupt your activities. However, this method is quite effective to prevent the spread of Corona virus that is now being endemic.
If you are at high risk of contracting the Corona virus and have a fever accompanied by respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, runny nose, sore throat, and shortness of breath, see your doctor to get further treatment.
To find out how likely you have been infected with the corona virus, try the Corona virus risk check feature provided free by Alodokter. If you are still in doubt, you can chat directly with the doctor on the Alodokter app, and at the same time make an appointment to consult with a doctor at the hospital if necessary.
Your awareness in maintaining cleanliness and carrying out Corona virus prevention efforts has a very big role in overcoming COVID-19 outbreaks. Start implementing social distancing from now on to protect yourself, your family, and others.