The Restriction Movement Order (RMO) is being implemented in order to contain and to combat the coronavirus, known as the COVID-19. You must be wondering why do we need to stay put at home? Is wearing a mask and washing our hands not enough to protect us?
During the period of this Restriction Movement Order (RMO), people may have heard regarding the term “social distancing”. All Malaysians have been recommended to enforce social distancing in order to prevent the disease from spreading to others. How does social distancing and restriction movement affect the COVID-19 outbreak?
Social distancing is a step that has to be implemented to contain an outbreak of a certain transmitted disease. This is because the risk of transmitting a disease is higher during a gathering. We cannot simply make a prediction and assume anyone is free from the disease as the infected person can be asymptomatic. In a gathering, the risk is higher as we cannot control people around us by asking them to stop sneezing or coughing hence making it a medium of spreading the infection.
So, it is very important for social distancing to be implemented and to be enforced by all people. In another word, please keep the distance between yourself with everyone else. The restriction movement order is another step implemented by the government to encourage people to make social distancing a success. That is why all the ceremonies and gatherings have been cancelled, restaurants stop operating, schools & universities have been closed, and many employees have been given days off or allowed to work from home.
These measurements are being done to ensure that there is no close contact between people either in schools, universities, restaurants and public transports. As there is no specific treatment yet found to treat this infection, at least we can help to reduce the number of individuals who have been infected by strictly abiding to social distancing.
If the social distancing has become successful, we can see the outcome and the result at the declining of the total number of new cases. That is why, we often heard and saw the campaign of #StayAtHome and #FlattenTheCurve. This “Flatten The Curve” tagline means to flatten the graph of the increasing number of cases of the COVID-19 infection.