Between The Environment and The Pandemic

Written by Nindy Silvia Anggraini, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia 

In recent years many environmental issues have been called for, especially about plastic waste. Various trends have emerged ranging from the use of straws, drinking bottles, cutlery, and shopping bags that are environmentally friendly and can be used repeatedly. Making the sea turtles and habitats as the object of cruel attention to plastic waste that is not managed wisely by humans. In addition to the use of environmentally friendly goods, there is a suggestion for eating at the place / dine-in at the restaurant to reduce food/beverage takeaway and also delivery orders. But once the Covid-19 pandemic appeared, all the calls seemed to be forgotten. As recommended by the government, restaurants can only serve to take away and deliver orders. For example, what happened in the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta, before the implementation of the PSBB (Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar) due to the Covid-19 pandemic, from the daily waste volume of 7,500 to 8,000 tons/day was reduced by 620 tons/day. Doesn’t that mean the volume of waste is decreasing?

Overall the volume of waste has indeed declined, but there has been a shift in the waste-producing sector. Head of DKI Jakarta Environment Agency, H Andono Warihm, said that during the PSBB period, the volume of plastic waste generated by households was higher than before the pandemic. Of course, this happened because there was a shift in the consumption patterns of the people from those who could freely eat at restaurants or buy drinks with their drinking bottles, also shop at supermarkets with their shopping bags, now everything must be done online. Food and beverage delivery orders, online shopping for daily necessities, to necessities such as clothing and household appliances also require plastic bags or other types of waste that are not environmentally friendly.

We can’t just shut up and close our eyes knowing this fact, right? We must be able to pay attention to the environment while still obeying rules according to health protocols. The simplest way we can start in our kitchen. Cooking our food is the easiest way to stay concerned about the environment at a time like this. Besides, we can also pay attention to our daily nutrition intake and fill our free time during quarantine or work from the home period. What’s more, we don’t need to worry about viruses because we don’t make physical contact through any objects with strangers. But, we need to pay attention to food ingredients and wash everything before consuming it!


Yuk Lakukan Kegiatan Ini Selama Di Rumah Aja!

Ditulis oleh Anna Safira Salsabila, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

Lockdown akibat pandemi COVID-19 sudah berjalan selama 5 bulan terhitung sejak bulan Maret hingga Juli 2020. Tentu waktu yang tidak sebentar untuk menghabiskan waktu di rumah saja dan membatasi bahkan menghentikan aktivitas di luar ruangan, karena seperti yang kita ketahui, segala kegiatan belajar mengajar dialihkan melalui sarana daring atau online merujuk pada Surat Edaran Mendikbud Nomor 3 Tahun 2020 tentang Pencegahan COVID-19 dan Nomor 36962/MPK.A/HK/2020. Sehingga sebisa mungkin kita dapat mengisi waktu-waktu di rumah dengan sebaik mungkin. Ada beberapa kegiatan menarik yang tentunya bermanfaat yang dapat kita lakukan selama berada di rumah, berikut diantaranya.

1. Membaca di Perpustakaan Online

Selama pandemi tentu kita tidak dapat bepergian ke tempat-tempat umum kecuali dalam keadaan mendesak, sehingga opsi yang bisa kita pakai adalah dengan mengunjunginya secara online. Bagaimana bisa? Nah, kita bisa mengunjungi salah satunya adalah perpustakaan online disediakan secara gratis dan bisa diakses oleh semua orang, salah satunya adalah yang merupakan web resmi perpustakaan nasional Indonesia.

2. Berdonasi

Banyak hal terjadi selama 5 bulan terakhir ini, termasuk banyak hal-hal kurang beruntung yang menimpa sesama akibat adanya pandemi COVID-19. Oleh karenanya, sebagai sesama manusia kita harus saling membantu dengan cara yaitu berdonasi melalui berbagai platform media. Link untuk berdonasi salah satunya adalah melalui donasi resmi PMI, untuk membantu korban COVID-19. Selain itu, kita juga dapat berdonasi untuk membantu anak-anak kurang mampu yang sangat terdampak oleh pandemi ini. Mereka membutuhkan bantuan berupa kuota internet agar dapat mendukung proses belajar mengajar selama pandemi. Donasi ini dapat dilakukan melalui crowdfunding yang dilakukan oleh Gollaborate bekerjasama dengan Project Child Indonesia dengan link  

3. Bercocok Tanam

Kegiatan bercocok tanam merupakan kegiatan yang sangat cocok dilakukan selama berada di rumah yang tidak berkaitan dengan menatap layar gadget. Menggunakan media tanam sederhana dengan tata cara yang mudah, tentu bercocok tanam dapat dijadikan kegiatan untuk mengisi waktu-waktu senggang selama berada di rumah saja. Selain menyenangkan, kegiatan bercocok tanam juga dapat membantu menyelamatkan lingkungan hidup.

Nah, demikian hal-hal bermanfaat yang dapat kita lakukan selama pandemi COVID-19 ini. Jangan lupa tetap selalu jaga keselamatan dan patuhi protokol kesehatan yang sudah ada.

Skills for Resilient Youth, Celebrating World Youth Skills Day 2020

Written by : Anna Safira Salsabila, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

The world is changing. There are more and more challenges to face and each day is different and with that means there are also a lot of new things we need to learn and prepare for the sake of our future. None of us know what will happen a month later or even tomorrow in our life. Preparing ourselves is a must needed especially as young people. That’s why every July 15th the world celebrates World Youth Skills Day to inspire young people to have acquisition and development skills. For this year, World Youth Skills Day is focusing on “Skills for Resilient Youth”. We all agree that this year we are facing the same challenge that is very new to everyone which is a global pandemic COVID-19 and lockdowns. Many aspects in our life are affected by it and the crucial part is our educational system. Since the pandemic occurred, all activities and work are run online which definitely limit the access to help developing skills. Many youth communities then create their programs from offline to online. One of the local youth communities that has such a program is Project Child Indonesia (PCI).

Project Child Indonesia (PCI) provides internship programs that support acquisition and development of youth skills. Internship programs give opportunities for youth to enhance their skills and passions. In the internship program we can learn more about Practical Health, Environment and Disaster Education, Creating a Holistic Learning Experience, Technology Education, and Volunteer Engagement by joining the Program Team, Research Team, Human Capital Team, Media & IT Team, or Partnership Team. This way, the Internship Program helps prepare youth to face the working world in the future by giving them experience in work. Even though we are in lockdowns, the Internship Program is held through online meetings so everyone can still experience the program at home. 

Alone Together: Our Future in a Cyber Society Post Covid-19

Written by : Devina Prima Kesumaningtyas, Intern Research Project Child Indonesia

After President Joko Widodo announced that there were two people infected by COVID-19, everyone uproared with this news. People start to panic buying, and then the scarcity of disinfectants, masks, and alcohol hand rub. Also, everyone becomes aware to wash their hand regularly. Ironically, the pandemic evokes people’s awareness how importance it is to implement good personal hygiene such as to wash their hands and to not touch their face with dirty hands. 

Now everyone starts to reduce their activities outside their homes. The hashtag stay at home and work from home or WFH are viral on social media. This is to remind people to not doing activities outside the home except it is essential and encourage people to keep two meters distance because to reduce the risk of virus contagion. Many applications such as Google class and Zoom are used by people since physical interaction is not possible, such as teaching, seminars, and meetings are carried out using this application. But do you know if this pandemic is kind of a trial for humans about the future of our society in technology, which makes humans themselves have no limits?  

There is one interesting book that has ever talked about human life side by side with technology. This book explains how people build technology with the purpose to help human’s job. Humans are accustomed to creating a variety of artificial intelligence that can facilitate human activities. In industrial 4.0 era, the technology was able to replace human to some extent. And now, people have become so dependent on technology, smartphones with various applications in it have changed the way people work, even the way humans interact.

From this explanation, let us step back for a moment, to a time when the communication and information system was not as fast as it is now. We had to wait for weeks or even months to find out news from someone who lived in different city. Humans sent letters to communicate with people who are far away from them. Likewise, news that can be accessed through newspapers. There were more effort to send messages and to know what was happening around the world. So that human tried to invent ways to have better and communication system, until the discovery of satellites which are the key to changing the long-distance communication system by humans.

Now everything has changed, we had advanced communication technology and its have an impact on human behavior itself. I think millennials know how it feels to texting during their childhood and even their young teens. From shortened messages to save credit, or only text at certain hours, because there are promos and freebies from certain providers. All of that is part of the evolution of human behavior in communication. Now we have facilitated the existence of video call services and even conference calls that allow many people from various corners of the earth to communicate in one big forum, without having to leave their place.

I think COVID-19 becoming trials for humans to live their life in a cyber society. Before this pandemic appeared there were already many borderless jobs, where we no longer need to go to the office just to have a meeting or do our work. Working remotely has become commonplace at this time. Companies do not need to have a large office building. That could only be a mere formality after all meetings and work can be handled through social media. Likewise in the future learning system, maybe school buildings will be quiet and empty because their students can learn on their own via the internet. This pandemic looks to prepare us to live in a new condition when everyone doesn’t need physical interaction.

Manuel Castell once wrote that Several major social, technological, economic, and cultural information came together to give rise to a new form of society”. This quote is taken from his book entitled The Rise of Network Society. The quote illustrates that the shape of our society may change with the times, technological advancements, and an increasingly advanced economy. Our society, which is usually connected in the real world, might turn into a virtual society. After all, this has happened when the rise of social media such as Whatsapp, Line, Instagram, and so on. COVID-19 pandemic is a kind of trial for many people to live their life as a part of cyber society. And we never know what’s going to happen after this pandemic. I think this pandemic will change the way human interaction. And our technology developed also our culture value always changed following the technology itself. 

And now we still don’t know when this pandemic will end. Maybe the vaccine has been found, but it’s still in a trial period that takes a year or more. And then this time was uncertainty for every human. But now the question is, are humans ready to change the way they interact with fellow humans? Maybe after this pandemic ends it will affect the way we interact with others. The habit of not coming into contact with others may also still be left in the minds of each of us, giving rise to its fears for humans. Humans may still say hello, but they can’t be as close as before the pandemic appeared. Reporting from the BBC News Indonesia website Anthony Fauci, a Head of the National Institute in the US for the problem of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said so, “I think we should not shake hands again.” The phrase shows that physical contact made by humans is no longer needed, given there will be many possible diseases that can be transmitted from physical contact between humans. Not to mention the possibility that this virus can mutate into a virus that is even more resistant to any drug. The worst, if these pandemics never end, then what happens is, humans will not be able to interact directly and make physical contact, and humans will be alone, together.


Sherry Turkle : Alone Together :Why We expect More from T e c h n o l o g y and Less from each other

Manuel Castell : The Network Society A Cross-cultural Perspective

BBC Indonesia :  Virus Corona: Apakah Covid-19 Akan Membuat Kebiasaan Jabat Tangan Punah?

Warum eine ausgewogene Ernährung helfen kann, eine Infektion mit COVID-19 zu verhindern

Geschrieben von Peeters, ehemals Community Engagement Project Child Indonesien, Übersetzt von Lia Sophie Wilmes, Content Writer Praktikantin Project Child Indonesien

Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) erklärte Covid-19 zu einer globalen Pandemie. Unzählige Länder haben mit den Gefahren, die dieses Virus für die Menschheit darstellt, zu kämpfen. Im asiatischen Raum ist Indonesien derzeit auf Platz 1, wenn es um die Sterberate der Covid-19-Patienten geht. Entsprechende Daten der John-Hopkins-Universität zeigen, dass dies an dem vergleichsweise schlechten öffentlichen Gesundheitsmanagement und der regionalen Ungleichheiten innerhalb dessen liegt. Die Sterberate stieg auf 8-9 Prozent an. Zudem stellte Indonesien inzwischen fast 28000 Patienten wegen Verdacht auf eine Infektion unter strenge Beobachtung, da nicht genügend Tests vorhanden sind, um all diese Personen auf das Virus zu testen.

Unter Ausbrüchen von Krankheiten wie dieser leiden vor allem die Bevölkerungsgruppen am Rande der Gesellschaft. Auch in Indonesien sind gerade die marginalisierten Gemeinschaften gefährdet, denn dort fehlen die nötigen Ressourcen, um diese Pandemie zu bekämpfen; es gibt zum Beispiel viel zu wenige Krankenhausbetten. Project Child Indonesien hilft in gewisser Weise dabei, die Ausbreitung des Coronavirus einzudämmen, indem insbesondere gefährdete und marginalisierte Gemeinschaften über eine gesunde Lebensweise informiert werden. Die Menschen werden dazu motiviert, ihre Verhaltensweisen nachhaltig zu ändern.

Um uns selbst vor einer Ansteckung mit dem Virus zu schützen, können wir einfache tägliche Vorsichtsmaßnahmen treffen, wie zum Beispiel Händewaschen oder -desinfizieren und Abstand zu unseren Mitmenschen halten. Es ist zwar wichtig, diese Hygieneregeln einzuhalten, aber es gibt auch Methoden, um Ihr Immunsystem zu stärken, was an dieser Stelle auch von großer Bedeutung ist. Dazu zählt zum Beispiel Sport treiben und ausreichend schlafen. Unser Immunsystem ist ein komplexes System von Strukturen und Prozessen, die unseren Körper vor Krankheiten schützen sollen. Unser Verdauungssystem ist besonders wichtig für unser Immunsystem, daher ist die Darmgesundheit der Schlüssel für unsere Gesundheit.

Es stellt sich also die Frage, wie man das Immunsystem nachhaltig stärken und ein gesundes Darmsystem bekommen kann, um sich vor dem Coronavirus zu schützen.

Bisher gibt es keine Studien darüber, ob der Verzehr bestimmter Nahrungsmittel besonders dabei hilft, sich vor einer Ansteckung mit Covid-19 zu schützen. Aus früheren Studien wird aber deutlich, dass bestimmte Nahrungsmittel dazu beitragen können, die Darmgesundheit zu verbessern und das Immunsystem zu stärken.

Zu viele Bakterien im Darm können zu Allergien, Autoimmunerkrankungen, oder sogar Angstzuständen und Depressionen führen. Wenn zum Beispiel die Anzahl der Probiotika Bifidobacterium und Lactobacillus im Darm abnimmt, kann es zu einer Darmdysbiose, einem Ungleichgewicht kommen. Dadurch wird die körpereigene Produktion der so wichtigen Immunstoffe reduziert. Ist dies der Fall, können Viren, die in den Körper gelangt sind, nicht durch das Immunsystem abgetötet werden.

Folgende Nahrungsmittel können dabei helfen, das Immunsystem zu stärken:

  1. Tempeh (fermentierte Sojabohnen). Dieses besondere Lebensmittel aus fermentierten Sojabohnen enthält viele wichtige Proteine, die den Aufbau und die Reparatur von Muskelgewebe unterstützen.
  2. Kombucha. Dieser leicht sprudelnde und säuerliche Tee enthält nicht nur Probiotika, sondern auch B-Vitamine, die das Immunsystem stärken und das Risiko von Herzerkrankungen verringern.
  3. Kefir. Kefir ist ein fermentiertes Milchgetränk, das eine reichhaltige Quelle für Probiotika sowie Kalzium und Proteine ist.
  4. Sauerkraut. Der Verzehr von Sauerkraut trägt dazu bei, den Darm gesund zu halten. Der eingelegte Kohl ist eine ausgezeichnete Quelle für die Vitamine A, C und K, sowie für Ballaststoffe und Eisen.
  5. Joghurt. Joghurt enthält Probiotika, die einen gesunden Darm und ein starkes Immunsystem fördern können. Auch bei der Bekämpfung von Erkältungen und grippeähnlichen Atemwegsinfektionen sind Probiotika wirksam. Joghurt enthält lebende und aktive Kulturen, darunter Lactobacillus bulgaricus, der Milchsäure produziert, die bei der Bekämpfung von schlechten Bakterien hilft.
  6. Probiotische Nahrungsergänzungsmittel. Falls Sie keine probiotische Nahrung zu sich nehmen können, zum Beispiel aufgrund einer Unverträglichkeit, haben Sie immer noch die Möglichkeit, probiotische Nahrungsergänzungsmittel zu sich zu nehmen.

Sie sollten Ihren Ernährungsstil hinterfragen und sich überlegen, ob Sie daran etwas ändern möchten. Das Händewaschen und -desinfizieren ist und bleibt die wichtigste Maßnahme, sich selbst vor Viren zu schützen, aber auch hinsichtlich Ihrer Ernährung können Sie aktiv werden. Denken Sie diesbezüglich immer daran, dass es nicht darum geht, alle gesunden Nahrungsmittel auf einmal zu konsumieren; das Ziel sollte eine ausgewogene Ernährung sein.

Why a Balanced Diet can Help your Immune System to Prevent Infected by COVID-19

Written by : Peeters, Former Community Engagement Project Child Indonesia

As the World Health Organization declares Covid-19 as a global pandemic resulting in countries grappling with imminent dangers that this virus poses to humanity, there are very few measures that individuals can take to fight this pandemic.

Indonesia currently ranks first in Covid-19 mortality rate in Asia. Data shown from John Hopkins University states that due to its poor public health management and regional disparities within its health system, the mortality rate spikes to 8-9 percent. And as a result of widespread testing absence as a matter of precaution, Indonesia has also put 27,549 patients under strict observation for suspected coronavirus infection.

During disease outbreaks, such as today, it is always the most vulnerable and marginalized communities who suffer the most. The lack of high testing rate, tight biosurveillance, solid contract tracing and sufficient hospital capacity, marginalized communities in Indonesia are in jeopardy.

Project Child Indonesia is supporting the community and the government to a certain extent to prevent the spread of the disease, especially among vulnerable and marginalized communities through promotion of healthy food information  that leads to behavior change.

Hence, what have we learned to prevent ourselves from being infected by the virus? We have learned to prevent ourselves from Covid-19 by taking simple daily precautions such as washing your hands, practicing social and/or physical distancing, exercising and getting enough sleep, are several ways to lower risk of infection.

While it is crucial to mention hygiene standards, there are also certain methods to improve your immunity which is paramount at this juncture. The immune system is a complex system of structures and processes that have evolved to protect the body from disease. More than 70% of the body’s immunity is located in the intestinal digestive system. Because of that, intestinal health is one of the keys to maintaining endurance.

Hence, the question arises, how can one boost their immune system or maintain a healthy gut and/or intestinal health to fight Covid-19?

It is a tough question, indeed, mainly because the immune system is not a single-system that can be measured easily, as mentioned prior. It’s an intricate and delicate system with many different variables.

Although no research has been done on foods that help fight against  Covid-19 specifically. There are previous studies that have found consuming certain foods can help improve your gut health and strengthen your body’s ability to fight other invasive viruses.

Optimal intestinal health should be considered, especially during times like this. As having too many” bad “bacteria in the gut has been linked to various problems, including allergies, autoimmune disorders and maybe even anxiety and depression.

Research shows, when the number of probiotics Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus in the intestine decreases, it will cause an imbalance in the intestine (Gut Dysbiosis). This will reduce the body’s production of immune substances (IgA, CD4 +, B and T, IL-10 lymphocyte cells) by probiotics.

As a result, viruses that enter the body cannot be killed by the body’s macrophages. Hence, if inflammatory reactions occur, especially in the lungs, it will be progressive. As a result of the more severe symptoms of shortness of breath due to Covid-19 will aggravate and worsen and decrease oxygen flow throughout the body.

  1. Tempeh (Fermented Soybean Cake)

This particular food made from fermented soybeans contains a significant number of health benefits, such as proteins that help build and repair muscles tissues.

  1. Kombucha

This slightly fizzy and acidic tea does not only contain probiotics, but also contains B vitamins, which help support the immune system and reduce the risk of heart disease.

  1. Kefir

Kefir is a fermented milk drink that does not only contain probiotics, but also a rich  source of calcium and protein.

  1. Sauerkraut

Pickled cabbage is the result of lactic acid fermentation, the process by which bacteria convert sugar into lactic acid. By consuming pickled cabbage it would help keep the intestines healthy by preventing the development of bad bacteria. Furthermore, one cup of sauerkraut provides about 30 calories and is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. This food also provides fiber and iron.

  1. Yogurt

A great source of probiotics, which are good bacteria that can help promote a healthy gut and immune system, it is also effective for fighting the common cold and influenza-like respiratory infections. Yogurt contains live and active cultures including lactobacillus bulgaricus. Lactobacillus bulgaricus is able to produce lactic acid which helps fight bad bacteria.

  1. Probiotic Supplements

In any case that you are unable to consume food that is rich in probiotics due to unavailability or any other reasons, there is always an option of consuming probiotic supplements. 

This is the time to look at your lifestyle and see what you are capable of changing. Proper hand sanitation is the number one method of control, but you can do more than just that. But remember, it is not about consuming all the healthy food at once, but rather a balanced diet of healthy food.

COVID-19: Lesson Learned

Written by : Rizki Chairunnisa, Research Intern

According to the World Health Organization, the growing number of COVID-19 cases have reached more than 150,000 cases globally by mid-March 2020. In Indonesia, the government first announced the first cases located in Depok, West Java, on March 2, 2020. After that, the number of positive cases grew rapidly, and as per March 23, more than 500 cases were found in DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, Bali, and Pontianak. Per March 23, 49 patients have been cured and 32 patients have died.  Various policies have been enacted by the central and regional governments to try and tackle the spread of COVID-19. W.H.O has sent a letter to the Indonesian president to declare this pandemic as a national disaster. The government has also instructed social distancing, online study, and work from home to reduce the spread of the virus.

This pandemic has changed many sectors and forced people to adapt in short amount of time. We should learn from our mistakes and draw lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic to be used in future crises.

1. STAY AT HOME – Public Health is Everyone’s Responsibility

Public health is everyone’s responsibility, especially in the instance of a worldwide pandemic. The first and most important thing everyone can do right now is STAY HOME! Practicing social distancing, avoid mass gatherings of more than 10 people, and shutting down non-essential businesses and practices are important steps to take. Other methods that are important to keep in mind are regularly washing hands with soap for 20 seconds, changing clothes after going outside, and avoid touching your face. By doing social distancing and self-hygiene, we prevent the further spread of the virus. Some people are misinterpreting social distancing as holiday and vacation since they are off from school or work and are using this opportunity to explore around the city. This is wrong and could make things even worse. Staying at home and isolating, limiting interactions between people, is proven to slow the spread of the virus.
It is also important to remember that while young and healthy people may feel like the virus cannot affect them as much, we need to work together to protect vulnerable populations such as elders, children, and people with underlying conditions. Also, young people and children are not immune. They are just as susceptible to being infected with the virus, and even though they are dying at a lower rate, they’re still dying. Covoid-19 is a public health issue, and we all have stake in it. We all have to take responsibility and do our parts by staying at home. 

2. Quick response

A quick response is needed to stop the spread of a pandemic. In this case, we need to learn from Singapore and Taiwan. They both quickly implemented a travel ban from mainland China, encouraged social distancing and self-isolating, and closed all non-essential businesses early on their outbreak, despite knowing the economic losses. Since the first case of the corona was found in Singapore, the government quickly implemented several policies. The government created and distributed enough Covoid-19 tests for those suffering from pneumonia or flu-like symptoms free of charge. They used contact tracing methods of suspected patients by utilizing apps or the police to test and quarantine potential Covoid-19 patients who were in contact with the original person. They strictly isolate suspected of Covid-19 patients and implement penalties for violations.

The same measures were taken in Taiwan. Since they had experience with the SARS pandemic in 2003, they were well-prepared for Covoid-19. They established a command centre for the epidemic. Since the first case was discovered on 20th of January, 2020, the government immediately implemented 124 actions such as border controls, school and work closures, public communications plans and resource assessments of hospitals. As a result, they have less than 100 cases as of mid-March.  

3. Communication is the key

Communication between the government and the public is crucial. The public needs to have trust in political leadership to have a handle on the situation for not only their physical health, but mental health as well. 

Leader’s communication skills need to deliver accurate and up to date information to the public. Leaders and the government should be honest, open, and transparent about the real conditions of their respective countries. Leaders should involve the grassroots stakeholders such as the head of household groups (RT and RW in Indonesia) to deliver the information and instructions to be understood by the local community. When the communication is clear, the public will put confidence in the government that they are taking this pandemic seriously. Also, openness and transparent information are needed to avoid the spread of rumours that cause even more unnecessary anxiety. 

4. Be wise!

During times of uncertainty, people often become anxious and scared, making rash decisions. There is a lot of information being spread about the virus through social media and the news, making it difficult to discern what is real and what is fake. But we have to do our best to remain calm and try to make the best decisions for our families and communities. By slowing down, taking a breath, and focusing on our decisions, we can make wise choices. Take time to analyse the information before making decision. The decisions should be based on a credible source of information and discussion. Take your time when making decisions. Making quick decisions may reduce your current anxiety, but they are likely to create more problems in the future.

It is easier indeed said than done. But we as an individuals, and as part of the community, can work hand in hand to help each other and government to fight the virus. We must be aware of and take action to protect each other. By doing collaboration action we can solve this crisis and eliminate the number of cases. 

Habe ich COVID-19?

Geschrieben von Graciella Ganadhi, Content Writer Project Child Indonesien, übersetzt von Lia Sophie Wilmes, Content Writer Praktikantin Project Child Indonesien

Haben Sie gerade in den Nachrichten etwas über COVID-19 gehört und jetzt das Gefühl, dass Sie Halsschmerzen oder Fieber haben? Juckt Ihre Haut plötzlich oder haben Sie ein Engegefühl in Ihrer Brust? Es kann natürlich sein, dass Sie sich mit dem Virus infiziert haben. Die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass Sie unter den psychosomatischen Nebenwirkungen von zu vielen Nachrichten leiden, ist allerdings wesentlich größer.

Die Amygdala ist der Teil unseres Gehirns, der sowohl Ihr Gedächtnis, als auch Ihre Ängste kontrolliert. Aufgrund der zahlreichen beunruhigenden Nachrichten, die momentan auf Sie einprasseln, hat Ihre Amygdala viel zu tun. Das führt dazu, dass sich das autonome Neuronensystem in einem ständigen Kampf-oder-Flucht-Mechanismus befindet, der Sie in Stress versetzt. Das Ungleichgewicht zwischen dem sympathischen und parasympathischen Nervensystem führt dann zu der psychosomatischen Reaktion. Diese kann sich in Form von plötzlicher Müdigkeit, trockenem Husten, Halsschmerzen usw. bemerkbar machen und ähnelt somit den Symptomen von COVID-19.

Stress kann Ihnen viel mehr schaden als Sie vielleicht denken. In einer Studie von André Bovis und André Simoneton aus dem Jahr 1949 wurde festgestellt, dass Stress zu einer Abnahme der Körperfrequenz führen kann. Alles in diesem Universum vibriert und hat eine Frequenz; von den Zellen bis zu den Atomen. Ein gesunder Mensch sollte eine Frequenz zwischen 7000 und 8000 Bovis-Einheiten haben, bei 1000 oder weniger ist die Person dem Tod nahe. Ein schwer kranker Mensch hat etwa 2000 bis 3000 Bovis-Einheiten, während die Frequenz eines mäßig kranken oder gestressten Menschen unter 5000 Bovis-Einheiten liegt. Angst oder Sorge können dazu führen, dass die Frequenz Ihres Körpers abnimmt, und wenn Sie gestresst sind, liegt die Frequenz unter 5000 Bovis-Einheiten. Dies kann gefährlich werden. Denn, wie eine Studie zeigt, haben Viren eine Frequenz von etwa 5000 Bovis-Einheiten. Wenn die Frequenz Ihres Körpers ebenfalls bei 5000 Bovis-Einheiten liegt, können Viren Ihren Körper als potentielles “Zuhause” betrachten. Bei gleicher Frequenz werden wir also anfälliger für Krankheiten durch Viren.

Machen Sie sich nicht so viele Sorgen und lassen Sie sich von den Nachrichten nicht stressen. “Bewusst, nicht ängstlich; vorbereitet, nicht panisch” sollte Ihr Motto sein, wenn Sie sich dieser beängstigenden Situation stellen. Seien Sie sich dessen bewusst, was momentan in der Welt geschieht, lassen Sie sich davon aber keine Angst machen. Seien Sie für das, was kommt, vorbereitet, geraten Sie aber nicht in Panik. Horten Sie keine Dinge, die andere vielleicht mehr brauchen als Sie. Und sehen Sie sich die Nachrichten in Maßen an; bleiben Sie auf dem Laufenden und informieren Sie sich, aber nehmen Sie sich auch Zeit, sich zu amüsieren. Tun Sie Dinge, die Sie glücklich machen, wie Lesen, Meditieren oder Sport. Bleiben Sie gesund und versuchen Sie, stressfrei zu leben!


Jangan-Jangan Aku Kena COVID-19?

Ditulis oleh Graciella Stephanie Ganadhi, Content Writer Project Child Indonesia

Akhir-akhir ini apa kalian pernah merasa parno tiba-tiba tenggorokan mulai sakit, agak demam, terus dada juga mulai sesak sehabis kalian nonton berita tentang COVID-19? Lalu kalian jadi bertanya-tanya, jangan-jangan aku kena COVID-19? Hm, kemungkinannya sih sebenernya kecil banget, hampir ngga mungkin malah. Kalo kalian habis jalan-jalan ke luar negeri atau ketemu sama penderita COVID-19 sih, mungkin aja kalian kena COVID-19, tapi kalo kalian udah social distancing dan tiba-tiba kalian merasa sakit, mungkin aja itu cuma gejala psikosomatik dari otak kalian, guys!

Jadi, otak kita ini punya bagian yang namanya amigdala. Nah, amigdala ini apa sih? Basically, amigdala itu punya fungsi macam-macam, guys. Salah satunya adalah mengatur rasa takutmu. Nonton berita dalam jangka waktu yang cukup lama, terutama berita yang bikin takut kaya berita COVID-19 akhir-akhir ini bikin otak kalian, terutama sistem saraf otonom, terus-terusan berada di posisi fight atau flight sehingga kalian jadi stres. Stres kalian inilah yang menyebabkan ketidakseimbangan antara sistem saraf simpatetik dan parasimpatetik sehingga muncul reaksi psikosomatik yang mirip gejala COVID-19.

Stres berlebih itu sebenarnya merugikan, lho. Sebuah penelitian oleh André Bovis dan André Simoneton di 1949 menunjukkan bahwa stres dapat menyebabkan penurunan frekuensi tubuh. Jadi, semua benda di alam semesta ini bergetar dan memiliki frekuensi, mulai dari sel sampai atom. Orang yang sehat seharusnya punya frekuensi antara 7000 hingga 8000 uB (unit Bovis). Kalo seseorang punya frekuensi yang kurang dari 1000 uB, artinya orang tersebut sudah mendekati kematian. Orang yang sakit parah bakal punya frekuensi antara 2000 hingga 3000 uB, sedangkan orang yang sakit dan stres bakal punya frekuensi dibawah 5000 uB. Nah, ketakutan atau kecemasan berlebih dapat menyebabkan turunnya frekuensi tubuh menjadi dibawah 5000 uB dan ini bisa jadi bahaya untuk kita. Studi menunjukkan virus juga punya frekuensi sekitar 5000 uB. Artinya, jika frekuensi tubuh kalian berada dibawah 5000 uB seperti saat kalian stres, virus akan mengira bahwa tubuh kalian adalah “rumah” karena frekuensi yang mirip. Jadi ketika kalian stres, virus bakalan lebih mudah masuk dan bikin kalian sakit.

Sebaiknya, jangan khawatir dan stres berlebihan tentang berita, guys. “Sadar bukan cemas, siap bukan panik” harusnya jadi moto kalian dalam menghadapi situasi sekarang ini. Tetep nonton berita, yah! Tapi gausah dibawa stres. Saat kaya gini penting untuk melek berita, tapi juga kesehatan harus tetap jadi nomor satu. Tonton berita secukupnya, kalo perlu, jam nonton berita itu udah kalian jadwal. Jangan seharian mantengin berita. Habis nonton berita, kalian bisa ngegame atau olahraga ringan atau meditasi buat meredakan stres juga bisa banget, lho. Yuk, batasi nonton berita yang bikin stres dan tetap mengutamakan kesehatan ya!



Did I Finally Catch COVID-19?

Written by Graciella Stephanie Ganadhi, Content Writer Project Child Indonesia

Do you feel like you have a sore throat or increasing fever after watching or reading the news regarding COVID-19? Or your skin is suddenly itchy and your chest feels tight? You might worry that you finally have caught the disease, right? Well, no worries, fellas. Worst case scenario is yes, you might have the disease because you have come into contact with someone that has the virus or you just recently came back from travelling overseas. However, the chance of that happening is very, very, very small or none at all. There is a bigger chance that you might suffer from the psychosomatic side-effect of watching too much news.

Your brain has a part called amygdala. It is the part which controls your memory and also your fears. Due to the constant stream of worrisome news, your amygdala reacted strongly to it. Your amygdala causes the autonomous neuron system to be in constant fight or flight mechanism that causes you to stress. The imbalance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system then causes you to have the psychosomatic reaction which is the sudden fatigue, dry cough, sore throat, etc. that is similar to the symptoms of COVID-19.

Stress can cause you so much more harm than you might think. In a research done by André Bovis and André Simoneton in 1949, stress can cause a decrease in your body’s frequency. Everything in this universe is vibrating and has frequency, from cells to atoms. A healthy human being should have a frequency between 7000 to 8000 uB (unit Bovis). If someone has 1000 uB or less, that means the person is nearing death. A seriously ill person will have about 2000 to 3000 uB, while a moderately sick or stressed person will have under 5000 uB. Fear or worry can cause your body’s frequency to drop and if you become stressed, your frequency will be under 5000 uB. Now, why is this dangerous? As study shows, viruses have the frequency at around 5000 uB as well. This means, if your body’s frequency is also around 5000 uB, viruses might see your body as potential “home” because of the similar frequency. Thus, you will be more prone to sickness due to viruses.

So, don’t worry and stress too much about the news. “Aware not anxious, prepare not panic” should be your motto in facing this fearsome situation. Be aware of the news, but not too aware that it causes you stress. Be prepared, but don’t panic and buy everything or hoard things that others might need more than you do. Watch the news moderately. Don’t watch too much, but also don’t stop caring about the news as well. Stay in the loop, stay informed, but take time to enjoy yourself. Do things that make you happy. Watch the news for an hour then play games for another hour. Watch the news for an hour and  then do light exercise or meditation for the next hour. Portion your news-watching time in a day, it will help with the stress. Remember to stay healthy and stress-free, folks!