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The Covid 19 Pandemic Is Not Over, Keep Obeying Prokes

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By: Reza Herlambang )*

The Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing in Indonesia and around the world. Therefore, people still have to obey Prokes (health protocols) in order to always be healthy. Do not remove the mask and violate other points in the Prokes, to stay safe from the dangers of Corona.

It doesn’t feel like the pandemic has been going on for 2.5 years. During the pandemic, the government continues to socialize health protocols such as wearing masks, washing hands or using hand sanitizers, maintaining distance, and reducing mobility. The socialization was carried out because in reality there were still people who violated the Prokes.

It’s a shame if there are those who are still determined to violate Prokes and just take off their masks. The reason is because they do not understand that the pandemic is still ongoing. Even as of September 23, 2022, there are 1,904 Corona patients in Indonesia. So that the total number of patients since the beginning of 2020 has reached more than 6 million people.

Spokesperson for the East Kalimantan Province Covid-19 Task Force Team, Andi Muhammad Ishak, reminded the public to obey health protocols. People should not be negligent because they are still in a pandemic period and Corona is still around. Even though there are easing (for example, there is no ban on long-distance travel/road blocking) but the community must obey Prokes.

In a sense, the public must remain aware that this is still a pandemic. Don’t think Corona has ‘run out’ even though its effects have subsided a bit. There has been no official statement from WHO regarding the end of the pandemic period. The Covid-19 virus is still lurking and is very dangerous, especially if there are people who have not been vaccinated.

Health protocols must be adhered to, especially wearing masks. But unfortunately many are lazy to wear masks. Whereas masks must be worn in two layers, namely a medical mask on the inside and a cloth mask on the outside. The goal is to strengthen filtration and prevent the entry of droplets that can carry the Covid-19 virus into the nose or mouth.

To control Prokes violations, it is necessary to carry out more raids by the Covid-19 task force, especially in public places. However, the penalties for Prokes violations are not too rigid. Depends on local government policy. Usually with social punishments such as sweeping the streets or cleaning public facilities.

In addition to seeing who is not wearing a mask, you can also distribute free masks. People will be happy because they get free masks and then wear them with pleasure.

Ledianto, Head of the Civil Service Police Unit (Satpol PP) of North Barito, Central Kalimantan, stated that the community must fight together against Corona. Keep wearing masks, washing hands, avoiding crowds, and maintaining a healthy and clean lifestyle.

People in Kalimantan and other parts of Indonesia follow the advice and live a healthy and clean lifestyle. The reason is because in addition to wearing masks and maintaining distance, a healthy lifestyle also prevents the transmission of Corona. The trick is to take a shower and wash your hair as soon as you enter the house, after doing activities outside. Then the clothes are washed with hot water to make them more sterile.

In addition, it is also mandatory to maintain the cleanliness of ventilation, fans, and air conditioners. The reason is because the Covid-19 virus can appear in dirty and stuffy air. When mopping the house, you can also mix water with disinfectant so that everything is clean, sterile, free of germs, bacteria, and viruses.

Ledianto continued, a joint team consisting of members of the TNI, Polri, Satpol PP, continues to disseminate health protocols to the public. This activity is carried out humanely. In a sense, during the raid there was no harsh action against the violators. However, they were only lightly reprimanded and then wore masks in an orderly manner.

Raids like this can also be carried out in all regions in Indonesia. The aim is not to prevent people from gathering (clustering), but to remind them to keep their distance even though holding events that invite many people.

The government also issued circular letter number 23 of 2022 regarding the provisions of public travel on domestic trips. People who will travel must install the Peduli Protect application to check in and show the status of the vaccine. They must be vaccinated 3 times (booster). If it’s only been 2 times, you have to do a PCR test first.

This regulation applies throughout Indonesia and must be obeyed by the community. So, when you are going to ride any public transportation, you are not only required to wear a mask. But it is also mandatory for vaccines to reduce the risk of Corona transmission.

Only by complying with Prokes and vaccinations, all Indonesian people can be free from Corona. Wearing a mask and following other points in the Prokes is not difficult, because people have been doing it for 2 years.

The pandemic is still going on so don’t go on your own. Keep wearing masks, washing hands, maintaining distance, reducing mobility, and obeying other points in Prokes. Besides

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