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Prokes Discipline and PPKM Effectively Control the Covid-19 Pandemic

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By: Dian Ahadi )*

Prokes Discipline and Enforcement of Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) are effective in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic. This condition is reflected in the decline in positive cases of Covid-19 in recent weeks.

Have you bought a mask during your monthly shopping? Currently, masks are a basic need, because they must be worn every day as an effort to prevent the spread of Corona. Since the beginning of 2020 we have memorized health protocols (Prokes) and not only know them but also implement them.

In addition to the Prokes discipline, the government is also re-implementing PPKM throughout Indonesia. Although it is not PPKM level 4 which is as strict as it used to be, this restriction is effective in reducing the number of Corona patients. The reason is, because of Omicron, there is a surge in patients, because he is more contagious than Delta.

Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto stated that outside Java there was a 24% increase in Covid cases, so there must be an evaluation of PPKM. In a sense, there needs to be a review, whether PPKM is really implemented or only exists on paper.

The PPKM review must be carried out so that there is control of the increase in Corona cases. The current rule of PPKM is that when entering public spaces (malls, banks, etc.) they must scan the application for protection or show a vaccine card. Don’t let anyone get away like last month’s case, when a local tourist was caught positive for Covid and refused to cross Gilimanuk, instead they went to Malang and didn’t get caught.

For this reason, there needs to be a PPKM review, which is carried out not only by the Covid-19 Task Force Team and local governments, but also all elements of society. Everyone must take care of each other, for example, security guards in public places must be disciplined and must guard and scan visitors with a thermal gun and check the application for protection. No one can escape so that they can transmit Covid-19 and increase cases again.

Over the past few months, the Covid-19 case has increased because of Omicron, although it was finally reduced by more than half. Based on data from the Covid-19 Task Force, as of March 7, 2022, daily cases were only 20,900 people per day after reaching 50,000 in previous periods. Even though there is a decline, don’t be careless, because you still have to comply with health protocols.

Don’t forget to always wear a mask to protect yourself from droplets that can transmit Corona. The reason is that the majority of people without symptoms who are infected with Omicron only feel sick with the common cold, even though when they were tested by PCR, they turned out to be positive for Covid. We have to protect ourselves because OTG is everywhere, and we can’t just wear a face shield.

In addition to wearing a mask, you must wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. As a backup, bring wet wipes because they contain alcohol (in low levels) which can sterilize hands from germs and viruses that carry disease.

Also follow other Prokes such as reducing mobility and staying away from crowds. Don’t just wait for the Covid-19 case to decrease, instead you will deliberately make a dangdut concert or party that invites thousands of people, because the Covid task force team will definitely disband it. In addition to getting embarrassed, it will bring losses because it will be fined millions of rupiah.

In order to control the increase in cases and end the pandemic so that it passes quickly, we must all be united. The way is with Prokes discipline and don’t be lazy to wear a mask. Also obey all the rules in PPKM and everyone must take care of each other in order to minimize the transmission of Corona. We are all trying to put an end to the pandemic and be healthy forever.

)* The author is a contributor to the Press Circle and Cikini Students

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