Fighting the Pandemic with Up-to-Date Data

People wearing masks in Jakarta: winning the race. Health experts in the world advise that accurate and current data is crucial in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, many provinces in Indonesia are showing tardiness in inputting data on active cases in their areas, so they badly need to make improvements. Among seven provinces in Jawa … Continue reading Fighting the Pandemic with Up-to-Date Data

Between political legacy and the pandemic

Indonesia is swimming in Covid-19. The curve rocketed significantly in the past two months, added with the news that a doctor opposed the handling of the pandemic. The original article was published in the New Straits Times, Malaysia, on 25 July 2021. Pictures added separately. This is exacerbated by vaccination hoaxes and the denial of … Continue reading Between political legacy and the pandemic

Success in Fighting the Pandemic: Hopes from Jakarta

Note: Since first time it was published, this article has been updated from time to time, so that readers can have better comprehension in the reading. [Sejak awal diterbitkan, tulisan ini mengalami perbaikan dari waktu ke waktu, agar pembaca mendapatkan informasi terbaru.] AFTER 18 months of the Covid-19 pandemic, it still seems not easy to … Continue reading Success in Fighting the Pandemic: Hopes from Jakarta

Five future strategies for fighting COVID-19

Syafiq Basri Assegaff (The Jakarta Post) Jakarta Wed, June 2, 2021 It seems we may have to reconsider our optimism, which blossomed thanks to the mass vaccination program, following the recent Idul Fitri holiday in mid-May. The likelihood of achieving herd immunity against SARS-CoV-2 has remained low due to two important factors: not all individuals … Continue reading Five future strategies for fighting COVID-19

The Bigger Threat the Better in Pandemic

With the new wave threatening countries like Indonesia after the Idul Fitri long holiday (May-June 2012), it is paramount for the Indonesian government to emphasize the 'bigger threat perception' strategy to the citizen. This article, written in The Jakarta Post last February 24, 2021, tell us why. Although there has been an increase in COVID-19 … Continue reading The Bigger Threat the Better in Pandemic

How Jakarta Fights the Pandemic

Syafiq Basri Assegaff *) AFTER a year of the Covid-19 pandemic, it still seems not easy to get a sheer picture of the outbreak in Indonesia. But its capital, Jakarta, is showing transparent data including the way it is treating the situation. What Jakarta has been doing in responding to the pandemic seemingly is based … Continue reading How Jakarta Fights the Pandemic

Improve Vaccination Program

In fact, the disease will persist for the next few years, and it looks likely to turn into an endemic in some countries, not pandemic (worldwide) anymore. The original article published in Kompas daily, 26 March 2021; can be accessed via this link in Kompas.id. Baca versi asli dalam bahasa Indonesia (read the Indonesian version … Continue reading Improve Vaccination Program

Hoax Anti-Vaksin dan Kebodohan

Sudah jadi sifat manusia untuk cari sesuatu yang mudah. Jarang ada yang mau mempersulit dirinya, termasuk ketika membaca berita atau cerita di media sosial (medsos). Orang seperti ini seringkali langsung mempercayai berita yang diterimanya di handphone (gadget)-nya, dan secara instan lalu meneruskannya pada teman-teman atau keluarganya di berbagai grup, baik di Whatsapp, di Facebook atau … Continue reading Hoax Anti-Vaksin dan Kebodohan

6 Tips Agar Tidak Terkecoh Hoax

Seperti air dalam sungai, berita ngawur, salah, atau fitnah dan hoax terus mengalir di Media Sosial kita. Terlebih pada hari-hari ketika orang banyak di rumah (dan bingung mau 'ngapain'), banyak orang cepat-cepat meneruskan informasi yang mereka terima kepada orang lain secara sembrono. Seharusnya kita melakukan beberapa kali checking. Cek lagi dan lagi dan lagi, sebelum … Continue reading 6 Tips Agar Tidak Terkecoh Hoax

Malapetaka Masih Mengancam, Meski Ada Vaksin?

Dokter ini menyapa anaknya dari balik pintu kaca: demi mencegah penularan. Oleh Syafiq Basri Assegaff*Kompas.com - 14/01/2021, 06:00 WIB Artikel ini, dimuat pada laman Kompas.com, pada 14 Januari 2021, dengan judul, "Varian Baru Corona dan Senjata Vaksin Kita, Jangan Sampai Malapetaka Datang." Silakan klik di sini untuk tautan di Kompas.com itu. SAAT ini kita memang … Continue reading Malapetaka Masih Mengancam, Meski Ada Vaksin?