Suara.com – In the midst of the surge in the Omicron variant and the long Isra Miraj holiday until February 28, 2022, health experts remind the public to stay at home, aka refrain from traveling.
The Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia (FKUI), said Prof. Dr. dr. Ari Fahrial Syam, he conveyed this appeal because Indonesia is still in the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The public must be reminded that currently we are still in the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, so people must refrain, stay at home and avoid being in crowds,” said Prof. Ari when contacted by Suara.com, Saturday (26/2/2022).
He added, although currently most of the symptoms of the Omicron variant tend to be milder thanks to the Covid-19 vaccination, it does not mean that health protocols can be relaxed.
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“Don’t slack the process, because if it hits a comorbid it can be fatal,” said Prof. Ari.
As is known, even though they have been vaccinated, people with congenital or comorbid diseases can also experience symptoms that lead to severe symptoms, although they are small and there is no risk of death.
In addition, the vaccination rate in Indonesia has not actually reached the target, which should have reached 208 million people vaccinated at dose 1 and dose 2.
As of February 25, 2022 at 18.00, only 190.5 million people were vaccinated against dose 1, and 143 people were vaccinated against dose 2.
People who have not been vaccinated are the ones who tend to be at risk of experiencing severe symptoms, plus if the person has comorbid diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, kidney disorders, and so on.
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This fact is also in accordance with the results of a small study at the Sulianti Saroso Hospital, which showed data on 12 Covid-19 patients with moderate to severe symptoms, with details of 6 patients not being vaccinated, and 6 dying.