Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19, This Is The Self-Isolation Protocol That Needs To Be Implemented

The self-isolation protocol was issued by the government with the aim of reducing the transmission of COVID-19. Because the Corona virus is very easy to spread and can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.

This protocol is not for everyone. Here are the ones recommended for self-isolation protocols:

Have any of the mild symptoms of COVID-19, such as a cough, fever, or sore throat that can be treated at home, and have no co-morbidities, such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, or chronic lung disease
Confirmed positive for COVID-19 by PCR test, but no symptoms or only mild symptoms
Living with people who have COVID-19 symptoms
Have undergone a rapid test for COVID-19 and the results are positive, but do not experience symptoms or if the rapid test result for COVID-19 is negative and waiting for further examination
Have a history of traveling or living in an area that is endemic for COVID-19 (both at home and abroad) in the last 14 days
Self-Isolating Protocols That Need To Be Implemented

If you have symptoms or are in close contact with someone who has symptoms, it is your responsibility to self-isolate at home for at least 14 days. The following are things you need to do during self-isolation at home according to government recommendations:

1. Not doing activities outside the house

If you are in isolation, you are not allowed to leave the house or go to public places even for work. If possible, work from home during isolation. However, if you are sick, you are advised to rest for a while until you recover.

If you previously had symptoms and recovered in less than 14 days, you should still stay at home and wait until the isolation period is over. As much as possible, avoid having guests.

If during the isolation period there is a need to go outside, such as buying food or medicine, ask other people who are not in isolation to do so. You can also take advantage of online service applications to fulfill 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 from other residents of the house. Rooms are recommended to have good ventilation and lighting.

Even so, that doesn’t mean you have to be in the room all the time and no one else can enter. This is allowed, as long as it stays within certain limits.

When you are in the same room with other residents of the house, keep your distance or do physical distancing, especially with people who are vulnerable to COVID-19, such as elderly, chronic disease owners, and pregnant women. Keep a distance of at least 1 meter and avoid talking face-to-face with other people for more than 15 minutes.

3. Wear a mask

Even at home, you are still advised to wear a mask, namely a surgical mask, to prevent transmission to your family or people in the same house as you.

If there is no mask, you are advised not to linger in the same room with other residents of the house. If one of the residents 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 self-isolation, use separate plates, spoons, forks and glasses. Toiletries, such as towels and toothbrushes, should also be kept separate from the rest of the household.

In addition, provide a special trash can or plastic bag to dispose of the tissue you use to cough, sneeze, and clean your mouth or nose. You are also advised to regularly clean the surfaces of objects that are often touched, such as sinks, doorknobs, or telephones, with a disinfectant solution.

5. Apply clean and healthy lifestyle

Wash your hands with soap and water regularly. Do not forget to drink lots of water, at least 8 glasses a day, and eat nutritious foods. 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 heals faster.

Monitor your health independently, by measuring your temperature every day and observing the symptoms that appear. If you have a fever, you can take medicines that contain paracetamol according to the instructions for use listed on the medicine package.

Also, stay in touch with family members and friends via phone, video calls, or social media. Don’t let isolation at home make you feel left out and lonely.

6. Call the hospital

If in the middle of the isolation period new complaints appear or the complaints you experience get worse, for example, a high fever accompanied by a persistent cough and difficulty breathing, immediately contact the hospital or the COVID-19 hotline for treatment.

So that other people do not get infected, you are advised to stay at home. If necessary, the hospital will send a special ambulance to pick you up.

Isolation at home can be tough for some people. However, this simple method is effective in protecting you, your family and those around you, even the entire Indonesian community from COVID-19.

Regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms and contact with people who have or are suspected of having COVID-19, everyone is advised to stay home and limit activities outside the home, especially those involving large numbers of people. Whenever possible, ask for options to work or study from home.

The reason is, the Corona virus or SARS-CoV-2 can spread even from people who do not feel symptoms. So, a person can be infected or transmit this virus without knowing it. During self-isolation at home, also provide an oximeter so that you and your family can regularly monitor blood oxygen levels.

If you are still unsure whether you need to self-isolate at home or when you can be declared cured and out of isolation, consult a doctor via chat on the Alodokter application. In addition, you can also do consultations in this application regarding any health problems, whether related to COVID-19 or not, so you don’t have to leave the house.

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