You’ve just arrived in mainland Bali after several months of staying on a deserted island. You’ve had no signal so you don’t really know what is on the news.

“What the heck is happening?” you ask yourself, finding that Kuta is empty. The plastic chairs are there but no person is sitting. The surfboards are stuck on the sands, throwing empty gaze at the ocean.

 

What is COVID-19?

 

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So what the heck is happening? It is the outbreak of COVID-19, which stands for Coronavirus Disease 2019. COVID-19, brought by the Novel coronavirus which attacks human respiratory organs, was first infected people in Wuhan, China, later last year and is now infecting more than 650,000 people all around the globe, claiming more than 30,000 lives. Among around 1,200 confirmed cases in Indonesia, more than 100 people have died. (Please visit this website to get the most updated statistics.)

 

COVID-19 has made the world standstill. Some soccer leagues—or football, mind you—have been suspended, people are isolating themselves in their rooms, airlines stop taking regular passengers—or no longer flying their airplanes, and some countries have locked themselves down to prevent the spread.

 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

 

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath, all of which will appear 2-14 days after the exposure. The risk for developing more serious complications is higher among “older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions.”

 

What should we do to protect ourselves from COVID-19?

CDC has formulated a protocol that you can practice to protect yourself from COVID-19. First, you must understand how it spread, i.e. mainly by droplets, so you can take precautions. Secondly, take steps to protect yourself by cleaning your hands often and avoiding close contact (by practicing physical distancing). Thirdly, take steps to protect others by staying home if you’re sick, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing facemask if you’re sick, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently.

 

Where can I go when (I think) I catch COVID-19?

The Surabaya Center for Environmental Health Engineering and Disease Control has several referral hospitals in Bali where you can check whether or not you’ve caught COVID-19, namely RSUP Sanglah Denpasar, RSUD Sanjiwani Gianyar, BRSU Tabanan, and RSUD Buleleng.

 

COVID-19 Hotlines

The local government of Bali has launched a website and opened three hotlines for COVID-19: 1500451, 0361-251177, and 0857-9224-0799.

 

All right. Stay safe, fellas! We can get through this.


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