Tips for Safe Activities Outside Home in the Middle of Covid-19

Tips for Safe Activities Outside Home in the Middle of Covid-19

Jakarta, YKPI – Head of the Indonesia Health Emergency Volunteer Community (KREKI) Dr. dr. Supriyantoro, Sp. P MARS encouraged the public to implement health protocols when doing activities outside the home to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission. The alumnus of Medical Faculty of Gadjah Mada University who is familiarly called dr. Pri said there are a number of tips that must be noted. First, remove face mask properly and not to hang it on the neck, because it is considered to put higher risk for transmission.

“Do not hang the mask on your neck because the outside of the mask will face your face. And when you drink, hold the mask so that the inside is still facing your face,” explained dr. Pri in the webinar titled “How is the Journey of Covid-19 in Our Body?” The webinar was held by the Indonesia Breast Cancer Foundation (YKPI) on Friday (8/28), and was virtually attended by more than 1,000 participants from all over Indonesia.

“When eating, if the mask is still clean, open it and put the mask with inside part facing upwards in a closed box,” further said the doctor who is also the YKPI Board of Trustees.

In addition, it is obligatory to wash hands before eating and drinking. Likewise, you should also bring drinking utensils and a personal washing sponge.
“Before drinking, wipe the button and tip of the dispenser faucet with 70% alcohol. Let it dry in one minute, then you may use it,” dr. Pri explained further.

Dr. Pri also advised the public to use drinking utensils with a lid, and eat in turns while maintaining physical distance. “It is safer to bring lunch from home”, he said.
Another thing that must be considered is avoiding eating face to face with the closest person, and not talking to each other while eating.

“And put on the mask again after eating,” dr. Pri emphasized.

Regarding the obligation to use face mask, he explained that mask is a powerful protection to prevent Covid-29 transmission through droplets.
According to him, an infected person will release 3,000 large droplets at a speed of 80 km/hour while coughing.
“Likewise, sneezing releases 30,000 smaller droplets and flies. The speed is up to 200-300 km/hour,” he said.
“While in each cough or sneeze, there are millions of virus particles. Similar thing happens when you breathe, talk, shout, or sing, which emits tens to thousands of virus particles,” said the doctor who had studied pulmonary specialist at FKUI.

Dr. Pri said furthermore that it is not enough to wearing mask only. To stay safe, public must pay attention to keep physical distance as far as 1.8 meters (6 feet) when interacting with others.
“When you wear mask without paying attention to the safe distance, there is still a risk of transmission of 1.5 percent. And when you implement the safe distance, then the risk of transmission is zero (0) percent,” closed dr. Pri.

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