COVID-19: Health checks can optimize protection for older people: expert

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – Health checks can optimize protection for the elderly and other vulnerable groups against different COVID-19 variants, said Bayu Satria Wiratama, an epidemiologist at University of Gadjah Mada (UGM). .

“Older people should stay vigilant, and of course, regular health check-ups are one way to go.”

Wiratama said Indonesia is one of the countries currently easing restrictions on outdoor events, but the risk of COVID-19 transmission still exists.

As one of the vulnerable groups, the elderly are at higher risk of infection. This is because some people may have comorbidities or not continue to be vaccinated.

Due to the high risk of infection, older people should undergo regular medical examinations. Screening includes not only COVID-19 antigens and PCR tests, but also those related to diseases and the drugs they consume.

Epidemiologists explained that screening is essential to ensure that COVID-19 symptoms experienced by older people do not turn into serious symptoms.

“If an elderly person has a chronic disease, they should be monitored. Remember to seek treatment, etc. And when an elderly person is unaware of their health status, they should stay indoors ( Please don’t attend the event,” he said. He said.

Health check-ups allow seniors to feel confident about attending the event because they already know their health status.

However, if you haven’t been tested or don’t know your condition, you shouldn’t participate in activities in indoor, crowded, poorly ventilated areas, he suggested.

This increases the risk of infection, even if you wear a mask and get two doses or boosters of the COVID-19 vaccine, he added.

The first case of COVID-19 in Indonesia was confirmed in March 2020. As of September 2, 2022, the country has recorded 6,366,518 her COVID-19 cases, 6,165,328 recoveries, and 157,608 deaths, according to COVID-19 Handling Task Force data. .

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