THE restriction of social activities is an effective solution to slow down the Covid-19 transmission in Malaysia, evidenced by Wuhan’s lockdown.
Covid-19 is an airborne disease. The virus spreads through direct contact or via droplets from sneezing, talking or coughing.
Droplet particles smaller than five micrometers will result in the virus being suspended in the air while bigger particles would contaminate the ground or surface. The virus may remain on a moist surface for up to nine days.
It is better for education centres, schools and varsities to remain closed. Lessons should be conducted through distance learning to minimise the risk of exposure.
Parents and students play an important role under the current situation. They must realise that the movement control order (MCO) is not a school break or holiday.
Students must maintain their normal schedule and be focused on their studies. Excessive online gaming and screen time should be limited and monitored by parents.
Hand sanitising and personal hygiene are important when doing chores at home. Activities and traditional games make a child’s mind more creative. Indoor exercises are essential to boost their overall well-being, while housekeeping, cooking, reading and writing will help children improve their soft skills.
University students, too, must engage themselves with online lessons and use different platforms to increase their knowledge. Perhaps varsities can facilitate and link students with free online courses, even if it is offered by other institutions.
Educational centres and varsities must optimise their resources.
Educating the public and urban poor on Covid-19 preventive measures – such as not touching your face, washing your hands every hour with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or cleaning the surfaces using 70% Ethyl alcohol – are essential.
Preventive measures can minimise the risk of infection in key community environments and non-healthcare facilities like schools, learning institutions and offices.
ASSOC PROF DR NASRIN AGHAMOHAMMADI
Universiti Malaya Faculty of Medicine
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