even though you have been vaccinated the Health Protocol cannot be relaxed – maybe many think that if we have been vaccinated we can do any activity freely even though we have to keep doing health protocal, either using masks or always maintaining hand hygiene. The number of people who have been vaccinated against the first dose is 12,469,406 people and 7,703,110 people who have received the second dose.
the impact of false security, where vaccines are considered to provide immunity. In fact, vaccines are not meant to prevent transmission, but rather to prevent severe symptoms. viral mutations are normal and not all mutations need to be worried about. Moreover, SARS-CoV-2 is an mRNA virus, where mutations are common.
However, if the mutation is too frequent and causes changes, it will be named as a new variant. When the variations that are formed increase the risk to humans, from transmission, virulence, to the effectiveness of treatment and vaccines, they are called variants of concern. There are several new variants that become variants of concern or need special attention, namely B.1.1.7, B.1.351, and P.1. According to Dr. Erlina, variant B.1.1.7 was first discovered in the UK in September 2020 and is considered to be more contagious and likely to increase in severity.
Because long COVID affects many organs, its management must be with a multidisciplinary approach. In addition to treating symptoms and overcoming comorbids (if any), people need to be educated to monitor their own conditions. For example, monitoring oxygen saturation, recording sleep patterns, getting adequate rest, exercising regularly, eating healthy foods, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, quitting smoking, and increasing overall immunity. Not to forget, apply 5M in a disciplined manner on an individual scale and encourage the government to continue to do 3T.