On 29 February 2020, President Joko Widodo declared a national state of emergency over the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia. Since then, many preventive measures have been taken in order to mitigate the spread of the disease.
1 | What’s being done by the government
2 | What the people are encouraged to do
a| Social distancing
Social distancing means maintaining a distance between you and others and reducing close contact.
It is important because COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:
So, the more the distance between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread. Hence, it is advised to avoid close contact with other people by staying more than 1.5 meters away from them.
b| Good hygiene
Practicing good hygiene habits is also required, such as:
Washing hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
Covering your mouth and nose with an elbow when coughing and sneezing, dispose of used tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Avoiding handshakes and kisses
Regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces, such as tables, kitchen benches, and doorknobs
Increasing ventilation in the home by opening windows or adjusting the air conditioning
c| Work from home
Indonesian Government has advised all of its citizens to work from home to reduce unnecessary mass gatherings and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
3 | What you can do to help