Herd Immunity, a way that is thought to suppress the spread of COVID-19

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Herd Immunity, a way that is thought to suppress the spread of COVID-19
Herd Immunity, a way that is thought to suppress the spread of COVID-19

The term herd immunity is often heard during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said, herd immunity is an effort that can be done to help suppress the spread of this virus. So, how effective is this method to prevent the transmission of the virus?

In the transition period from the current COVID-19 pandemic, the government has allowed people to do activities outside their homes, including working and studying. In addition, vaccination programs continue to be carried out throughout Indonesia in order to prevent Corona virus infection and the formation of herd immunity.

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Knowing Herd Immunity

Herd immunity is a condition when most of the people in a group already have immunity to certain infectious diseases. The more people who are immune to a disease, the harder it is for the disease to spread because not many people can be infected.

The way that can be taken to get immunity in many people at once is vaccination. For example the polio vaccine, when a person gets the polio vaccine, his body forms a specific immunity against the polio virus.

One time, when a polio virus enters the person's body, the body's immune system is ready to fight the polio virus, so that this virus dies and does not cause polio. That way, the virus can't spread to other people either.

Imagine if at the same time, almost everyone in the same group as that person also had immunity to the polio virus. Of course, the chance of the polio virus to cause disease and be contagious is very small.

Automatically, this condition can also provide protection to people who have not received the polio vaccine in this group, such as newborns and pregnant women, or people with weak immune systems, such as AIDS sufferers and people who are undergoing treatment. chemotherapy.

In addition to vaccines, immunity can also be obtained naturally by people who have recovered from certain infectious diseases. After recovering from an infectious disease, the body will have antibodies to fight the germs that cause the infection if one day these germs attack again.

So, the more people who are infected and recover, the more people who are immune and herd immunity will be formed. However, the formation of herd immunity naturally takes a long time and the risk is also not small.

Can Herd Immunity Suppress the Spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia?

The COVID-19 vaccine is indeed available and most Indonesians have already received it. In fact, Indonesia is included in the list of the top five countries that have received the COVID-19 vaccination.

With the large number of Indonesians who have been vaccinated, it is possible to form herd immunity. In addition, many people have received natural immunity from the Corona virus after becoming COVID-19 survivors. The combination of the two is called communal immunity.

So, for those of you who have not received the COVID-9 vaccine, either dose one or two, or have had the opportunity to receive a booster vaccine, get vaccinated immediately, OK? This is important to achieve herd immunity and communal immunity in Indonesia.

Even so, you are still encouraged to take steps to prevent COVID-19 in order to break the chain of transmission, namely by implementing physical distancing, wearing masks, diligently washing hands, and maintaining body resistance.

Do self-isolation if you have a fever and cough accompanied by shortness of breath, especially if in the last 2 weeks you have been in a COVID-19 endemic area. After that, call the COVID-19 hotline at 119 Ext. 9 to get further directions.

To find out how likely you are to have been infected with the Corona virus, try the free Corona virus risk check feature provided by Alodokter.

If you have questions, whether it's about symptoms or prevention of Corona virus infection, you can chat directly with doctors on the Alodokter application. You can also make an appointment with a doctor at the hospital through this application.

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