UpdatesCoronavirus or COVID-19

What is Coronavirus or Covid19?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face. 

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.

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How to Fight & Prevent this?

Basic Protective Measures Against the New Coronavirus

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

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UID Fellows VS COVID -19

Our UID's Youth Action Forum fellow, Melati Ariena P. Ramadhani, a medical student from University of Indonesia, has initiated and funded a campaign #NutrisiGardaTerdepan to support fulfilling the nutrition for doctors, nurses and paramedics who are risking their health and their lives to take care and to save the COVID-19 patients in various referral hospitals, especially in DKI Jakarta.

The donations collected since the last few days have accumulated from the help of our UIDEAS Collab4Health network leading support as well as from various parties. Recorded on March 19, 2020, this movement has managed to raise funds amounting to IDR 573,296,618 and has been distributed to the health workers in the form of milk, nutrition food, and vitamin C.
Visit their Instagram at @nutrisigardaterdepan for every latest update!

Together, let's fight the coronavirus! Indonesia Bisa!
UID #Collab4Health
- Felia Salim (Co Chair), Board Member, Climate and Land Use Alliance
- Alissa Wahid (Co Chair), National Director, Gusdurian Network
- Catharina Widjaja (Secretary), Director, PT. Gajah Tunggal Tbk

1. Akhmad Mukhlis Yusuf, Former CEO, ANTARA News Agency Nasional Indonesia
2. Atika Nur Rahmania, Head of Department of Communication, Informatics & Statistics, Jakarta Capital City Government
3. Axton Salim, Director, PT. Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk
4. Ayu Jumila Agriani, Head of European Economic Cooperation Division, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs
5. Cherie Nursalim, Founder, United in Diversity Foundation
6. Desi Anwar, Director & Anchor, CNN Indonesia TV
7. Dewi Malarangeng, Owner, 2 Nyonya Batik
8. Endy Bayuni, Senior Editor, The Jakarta Post
9. Eva Sundari, Former Parliament Member of The Commission of Finance And Banking, People’s Representative Council of Republic of Indonesia (DPR RI)
10. Harry Ponto, Managing Partner, Advocate Offices of Kailimang & Ponto
11. Hendra Setiawan, CEO, PT. Softex Indonesia.
12. Rahimah Abdulrahim, Director of Public Policy for Southeast Asia - Established Countries Facebook
13. Ita Mariza, Director, Polytechnic Gajah Tunggal
14. Suyoto, Chancellor, United in Diversity Foundation
15. Moe Khau Kioe, Program Director, Media Televisi Indonesia
16. Lia Suntoso, Owner, Suntoso Law
17. Lisa Luhur, Chief CSR Office, Media Group
18. Maya Soeharto, Founder & CEO, PT Begawan Inovasi Global (BEING)
19. Meizani, Director, RLU Group (Sustainable Natural Rubber)
20. Melati Ariena Putri Ramadhani, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy - Public Health Assistant, Ikatan Senat Mahasiswa Kedokteran Indonesia
21. Ernie Widianty, Head of Risk, Quality and Safety Management Division, PT MRT Jakarta
22. Rerie Moerdijat, Vice Chairperson, People’s Consultative Assembly of Republic of Indonesia (MPR RI)
23. Sinta Sirait, Chief Financial & Operations Officer, Jakarta Intercultural School
24. Sita Supomo, Reader on Gender and Human Rights, Thamrin School
25. Svida Alisjahbana, Chairwoman, Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) Gold Indonesia
26. Tantowi Yahya, Ambassador of Indonesia to New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga, Republic of Indonesia
27. Tuti Hadiputranto, President, United in Diversity Foundation
28. Utomo Putro, Dr., Faculty (Professors) School of Business and Management, ITB
29. Widy Dinarti, Organisational Development Manager, EngageMedia
30. Yennah Mulia, Director / Vice Dean, Gajah Tunggal Group / Tsinghua South East Asia


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