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The surge in cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has sparked concern in the community. The reason is that this variant of the Corona virus is known to spread more quickly than the previous variant. Even so, there are several ways you can reduce the risk of transmission
The Omicron variant is one of the variants of COVID-19 that needs to be watched out for (variant of concern) because of its high transmission rate and the risk of causing repeated infections compared to other variants, such as the Delta variant.
However, preliminary research shows that the efficacy of the full-dose COVID-19 vaccine is quite good in providing protection against cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Therefore, completing vaccination is an important step to deal with the surge in Omicron cases.
Tips for Overcoming Omicron Variant Spike
Besides getting vaccinated, there are several other preventive measures you can take to deal with the surge in Omicron variants, namely:
1. Always wear mask when outside the house
Amid the surge in Omicron variants, everyone should always wear a mask when outside the house. This is because wearing a mask correctly can protect yourself from the risk of contracting the disease as well as transmitting the disease to others. In addition, replace the mask if it is dirty or damaged with a new mask.
2. Avoid traveling far
If there is no urgent need, you are strongly advised to refrain from traveling to countries or areas with high transmission of Omicron cases. We recommend that you take advantage of your free time at home with your family to take care of each other and reduce the risk of transmission of the Omicron variant.
3. Exercise regularly
Regular exercise or physical activity for at least 30 minutes every day can increase endurance, so that you can be strong against exposure to the Corona virus.
Not only that, getting enough sleep, stopping smoking, and limiting the consumption of alcoholic beverages also helps in maintaining the body's immunity.
4. Fulfill a balanced nutritional intake
Fulfilling a balanced nutritional intake is certainly needed so that the body stays fit and avoids various diseases, including COVID-19. The meaning of a balanced nutritional intake is the consumption of foods and beverages that contain a variety of nutrients in appropriate amounts.
So, when you eat rice as a staple food, don't forget to add side dishes in the form of animal or vegetable protein sources, such as chicken or tempeh. In addition, also add various types of vegetables and fruits to meet the needs of vitamins and minerals.
5. Consumption of fruits high in vitamin C
Vitamin C is known to have an important role in strengthening the immune system. To get the benefits, you can eat fruits with high vitamin C, such as oranges, mangoes, papayas, and kiwis.
In addition, guava is also known as a good source of vitamin C, even its vitamin C content is higher than other fruits. You can consume guava directly after cleaning or processing it into juice. You can also consume packaged guava juice which is more practical and hygienic.
In addition, the World He alth Organization (WHO) and also the Ministry of He alth recommends consuming fruit every day, at least 150 grams or the equivalent of 2-3 servings of fruit per day.
Safe Ways to Do Activities Outside the Home and School
In addition to maintaining your immune system, so that activities outside the home are safe, you also need to always follow he alth protocols, starting from wearing masks properly, diligently washing your hands with soap and running water, to keeping a minimum distance from other people. 1 meter.
For parents, considering that face-to-face learning activities have been implemented, there are some tips that need to be applied so that children avoid the transmission of COVID-19 while studying at school, including:
- Fulfill the COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 6 years and over if they meet the requirements for giving the vaccine
- Ensuring children are in good he alth and do not have common symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, and runny nose
- Serving a nutritious breakfast for children before he goes to school
- Prepare food supplies from home along with personal eating utensils and drinking water as needed
- Preparing spare masks and hand sanitizer for children
- Preparing children's personal equipment, both stationery and worship equipment
After the child arrives home, get used to the child immediately taking a shower and changing clothes before interacting with the family at home. Parents are also encouraged to disinfect items that their children bring to school, such as bags, jackets, and shoes.
In addition to complying with he alth protocols, the way to deal with the surge in Omicron cases that is no less important is to maintain and increase the body's resistance through the steps mentioned above. That way, the transmission of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 can be prevented.
If you or your child has symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, and sore throat, immediately self-isolate and call the COVID-19 hotline at 119 ext.9 for further directions. To be clearer, you can also consult a doctor via chat on the ALODOKTER application.