People Should Be Aware of COVID-19 which Is Still High

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Ahli epidemiologi Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) dr Riris Andono Ahmad (kiri) bersama Wakil Ketua Sekretariat Gugus Tugas Percepatan Penanganan COVID-19 DIY Biwara Yuswantana. (FOTO ANTARA/HO/Humas Pemda DIY)
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NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Epidemiology urges the public to continue to increase the sense of crisis or awareness of the spread of COVID-19 cases is still high.

Epidemiology Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing (FKKMK) Gadjah Mada University dr Riris Andono Ahmad daalm press statement in Jakarta, Monday, said high vigilance should be able to minimize the spread of the virus, but over time vigilance tends to decrease.

“With more and more time, the sense of crisis will be increasingly low, it is not always reminded, of course it will also disappear. People should be reminded there are consequences to his actions,” he said.

As of Sunday, January 31, the total number of POSITIVE CASES of COVID-19 in Indonesia has been 1,078,314. According to Riris, when virus transmission is high, it cannot rely solely on 3M health protocols, namely wearing masks, washing hands, and keeping distance.

Riris likens it to raining, when it is very heavy, then people who use umbrellas will get wet. So, he said, don’t go out so it doesn’t get wet.

According to him, 3M health protocols become inadequate when covid-19 positive cases are high. People are obliged to reduce mobility in order to avoid viruses.

“Because what makes the virus infect human mobility. The higher the mobility, the more contagious the virus will be,” he said.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of the Institute for Health Development Studies and Consultation (LK2PK) dr Ardiansyah Bahar encouraged the public to support all government policies in an effort to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

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“Sense of crisis is certainly the main thing that must be owned by the community considering the pandemic condition that has not ended, even worse with the increasing burden of health care facilities in handling COVID-19 patients,” said Ardiansyah.

He argued that the implementation of restrictions on community activities (PPKM) is an effort to reduce community mobilization.

“Whatever the name may be, this principle must be done in order to reduce transmission in the community,” he said.

If this mobility restriction policy is implemented properly, plus a successful vaccination program, it will have an impact on decreasing cases, even stopping.

“Of course, it must be supported by public discipline in carrying out health protocols,” said Ardiansyah.

Epidemiologist of the Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono suggested the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to control cases of COVID-19.

In various areas he said there needs to be a check point, so that people who go in and out through the examination. He also proposed that fines for violators of health protocols be aggravated.

“Fines do not be liability, Rp250 thousand tuh responsibility. Rp5 million, Rp10 million, as in the UK all people are afraid,” he said. (ros)