Current increase in COVID-19 cases yet to reach peak: Doctor

Current increase in COVID-19 cases yet to reach peak: Doctor

Doctor at ANTARA News Agency clinic, Dr Maria Ulfa, during a virtual Ranger Talk event, titled "Beware of the Spike in COVID-19 Cases after Eid al-Fitr" here on Saturday (5/29/2021). (ANTARA/Martha Herlinawati Simanjuntak)

Cases of COVID-19 have started to increase, but it has not yet reached its peak after the Eid holidays. Hence, we all still have to be alert to the possibility of a spike in cases
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The current rise in COVID-19 cases had yet to reach its peak amid the likelihood of increasing usually after the long holidays, especially Eid holidays, Dr. Maria Ulfa of the ANTARA News Agency clinic stated.

"Cases of COVID-19 have started to increase, but it has not yet reached its peak after the Eid holidays. Hence, we all still have to be alert to the possibility of a spike in cases," Ulfa remarked during a virtual Ranger Talk event titled "Beware of the Spike in COVID-19 Cases after Eid al-Fitr" here on Saturday.

Ulfa noted that the number of COVID-19 cases had increased in May 2021. However, this increase is expected to continue after the Eid holidays two weeks ago. She additionally reminded of a 14-day incubation period from the time the virus infects until the symptoms appear, so the number of COVID-19 cases are expected to continue to increase.

Ulfa noted that during the holidays, travelers may be asymptomatic due to the incubation period.

Hence, she appealed to the public to remain vigilant and prevent potential transmission by maintaining their immunity levels, keeping faith, and consistently implementing the 5M health protocols of wearing masks, washing hands, maintaining distance, staying away from crowds, and limiting mobility.

To stem the spread of COVID-19, travelers urged people to be alert if a friend or family member shows symptoms, such as chills or fever, cough, runny nose, and sore throat.

Those with symptoms must self-quarantine until they test negative for COVID-19.

In the event of colleagues or friends experiencing symptoms, such as flu, cold, and cough, the public is advised to direct them to rest at home to prevent possible transmission of COVID-19.

"Hence, undergo quarantine and take consultation at the clinic. Do not let them stay in office for days with a fever, cough, and runny nose, as it is feared that other colleagues in the office and the family can likely develop these symptoms," she stated.

Self-quarantine should be conducted to prevent transmission both in the office and the family.

"We have to protect ourselves and the environment. If anyone shows symptoms, they should immediately be asked to self-isolate and visit a doctor," she emphasized.

Self-quarantine or isolation can be conducted for those with mild symptoms. In addition, the sufferers need to regularly monitor their oxygen saturation levels to ensure they are in good health.
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