I haven’t updated this blog for a long time indeed. Feels like ages! Until I received a gentle reminder and I decided to revisit this lovely blog of mine. At the same time, we are all facing the same fight now, Corona Virus or COVID – 19.
At the beginning of March, 2020, President Joko Widodo officially announced that Indonesia has the first two confirmed cases of Corona Virus infection. Although rather late compared to the surrounding countries, particularly, Singapore, immediately the first thing we were advised to do was to remain calm, to take care of our health and to protect others.
Easy to say, but not that easy to implement, I should say. In the beginning, many were wondering what Corona Virus was and tended to take it for granted, despite the fact countries across the globe were experiencing the soaring numbers of confirmed cases. Even now, as the numbers of confirmed cases are soaring high steadily, there are some who think that they will not be affected by it.
Now, the world has witnessed the spread of Corona Virus, or officially named COVID – 19, at the alarming speed. Not only it is super contagious, but it is deadly to some people as well. Compared to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrom (SARS) or Middle East Respiratory Syndrom (MERS) that occured before, COVID – 19 is something else, something more dangerous and unpredictable, as we do not know much about it. Up until now, experts and scientists are still working on finding the cure.
I am not going to say or give you all those statistics about the spread, the cases or even the death toll. You know exactly where you can get them accurately on daily basis.
I just want to add my voice to ensure everyone is on the same page on this battle.
CORONA VIRUS IS NOT A JOKE!
And we have to do something to fight it back. All of us. Together!
There are two basic things that we can do, at personal basis, to help improve this situation. First, try not to get infected and second, do not infect others if you are affected already. It might sound very simple yet a lot is entailed.
There are many ways we can do to protect each other. Some of them are very basic hygiene techniques such as, among others, washing our hands with soap and running water frequently; maintaining social distancing; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth, practicing respiratory hygiene; and seeking medical care early when you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Maintaining healthy life and reinforcing our immune system are compulsory as well. Social distancing is a must and do stay at home to ensure we cut the transmission chain, unless you have an urgent situation which requires you to go out.
Discipline and commitment are the keys.
And we all can do that!
Stay healthy and safe, everyone!