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How to Help Neighbors who Affected by COVID-19

Aditya Gagat Hanggara

04 May 2020

The community, together with the Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta, are now looking at a long road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic (Coronavirus Disease 2019). As of April 23, 2020, data from the distribution map on the website shows that there are 255 out of a total of 267 urban villages in Jakarta that have recorded at least one positive corona patient. Such information makes us wonder, have any of our neighbors been exposed or affected by the spread of COVID-19? How are they? And what can we do to help?

Concentric Circles of Responsibility
Before giving help or favors to others, we need to learn a little about the concept of concentric circles of responsibility. This concept helps us understand, not only about responsibility towards ourselves, but also others, from the closest to the wider. This is represented by a large circle consisting of small circles in it. The smallest circle is the personal sphere, namely ourselves and our families. The more it goes outside, the bigger the scope, such as neighbors, friends, and finally society in general.

In other words, this concept teaches us to provide assistance from the smallest scope before moving on to a larger scope. Take for example when we travel by plane, surely we will hear safety messages from flight attendants. One of the instructions given is the one when there is a drop in cabin pressure. In times of emergency like that who should you help first? Yes, ourselves, and only then do we help others.

Well, you can apply the same example in a situation like now. Before helping friends or neighbors, make sure our needs are met. If so, then we can think about what we can give or do to alleviate the difficulties experienced by those around you.

Start with Asking
When you know that a neighbor has been affected by COVID-19, providing assistance is a noble deed. But, of course, you must first know what they really need. While applying physical distancing or physical restrictions, you can do this by asking directly from a distance of about 1 to 3 meters and using a mask. Or you can also send messages via the WhatsApp application. If your neighbor doesn't have a smartphone, you can write a short letter and insert it into the fence or door of the house.

After that, only then can you offer assistance as needed, for example by helping shop online if the neighbor you want to help has a little trouble with technology.

Opening Donations
Day after day, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to feel real and overwhelming. On April 4, 2020, the Jakarta Manpower and Transmigration Office reported that as many as 139,288 workers were affected by layoffs during the corona virus outbreak. Not to mention the fate of traders who lost their income due to the lack of buyers. If you know that there are neighbors who have difficulty meeting their daily needs, then you can raise funds or open donations, as did residents of four RWs in Kelapa Gading Barat Village, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. Thanks to this response, they managed to collect 819 packages of basic necessities for residents in need.

Taking care of each other
Not all patients who contract COVID-19 undergo treatment at the hospital. For certain conditions, positive patients can undergo independent isolation in their own home. So Smartcitizen, when you find out that there is a neighbor who has the status of Patient Under Supervision (PDP) and is confirmed positive, it takes a high degree of discipline from local residents so that virus transmission does not spread. For example, by not crowding the streets or alleys near the patient's house. This is what the residents of Sawah Besar Subdistrict, Central Jakarta did when they learned that two children are undergoing independent isolation at home, while their parents are being treated at the hospital. Apart from looking after, local residents also ensure that the basic needs of the two children are met.

In the midst of difficult times like this, a sense of empathy between people is needed to build a society that is resilient or resilient to a disaster. So, so that Jakarta can quickly recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, let's Smartcitizen, together we can help each other, starting from the closest environment.

Citizens of Jakarta

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Aditya Gagat Hanggara

Aditya Gagat adalah lulusan Teknik Informatika dari Binus University yang saat ini menjadi salah satu Content Writer di Jakarta Smart City. Gemar mengamati isu transportasi, olahraga, teknologi dan sains, ia memulai karier Jurnalistik bersama media internasional pada 2016-2019. Saat ini ia terfokus pada topik kesehatan, khususnya mengenai penanggulangan pandemi Covid-19 di wilayah DKI Jakarta.

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