Coronavirus Outbreak; Wash Up after Going Out



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The government’s social distancing protocol has instructed people to stay at home amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. However, there are many who are unable to work from home and some people also have to go shop for daily needs.

    If you are one of the many people working in the industry sector that needs physical presence to work, there are several important aspects that need to be practiced once you arrive back home. 

    Doctor and site research coordinator at Persahabatan Hospital (RS Persahabatan), Ibrahim Dharmawan, shared four important protocols you need to follow to help youkeep yourself and family healthy.  

    1. Shower before making any physical contacts

    Darmawan says you could potentially carry microorganism on your body and clothes after conducting outdoor activities, so he advises to immediately wash up.

    ”As soon as we arrive home, the first thing to do is no other than taking a shower and making sure that we have not carried the disease home,” he said.

    2. Avoid immediate physical contacts 

    Avoid any physical contact with children or elderly people at home before clean up as they are prone to the coronavirus due to generally weak immunity. 

    ”A child’s immune system has yet to develop while older people generally have a low immune system due to age. Especially if that person has a history of chronic disease. Make sure you clean yourself up prior to making physical contact with family members,” the doctor reminded.

    3. Laundry and avoid repeatedly wearing the same clothes 

    Always wash the clothes you used that day and avoid wearing the same set of clothes repeatedly as the doctor says viruses can generally last on clothes’ surface for hours or even days.

    4. Laundry with high-temperature water

    Dharmawan advises to wash your clothes at a relatively high water temperature of 60-90 degrees as it could ensure that any dangerous viruses, including coronavirus (COVID-19), would be killed during the washing. He also suggests drying laundry under direct sunlight.