Currently, world researchers are racing to study the corona virus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. Especially with the aim of finding a drug or vaccine.
Although considered no more deadly than SARS or MERS, the rapid spread of the SARS-CoV-2 corona virus still makes it dangerous to health.
Prof. Amin Soebandrio, Head of the Eijkman Molecular Biology Institute said that there are three things that make a virus more at risk of infecting someone and causing disease.
“Everyone has a risk of infection. But the risk of infection is influenced by a minimum of three factors,” Amin said in a media meeting at the office of the Indonesian Doctors Association, Jakarta some time ago, written Monday (3/16/2020).
Explanation of the Three Factors
Amin said, the first was the dose of the virus. Here, if there is a lot of viruses that enter the body, then someone is more at risk of infection. This situation is prone to occur in health workers who deal with patients directly.
“For example, hospital officials, it was due to a large dose of the virus, one day he treated patients for example, so exposed to the virus,” Amin explained.
The second is the virulence or virulence of the virus. In the case of SARS-CoV-2, Amin did not see any drastic changes related to malignancy in the virus that causes COVID-19.
“Virulence so far we have observed no drastic changes in virulence,” Amin said.
While the third is human immunity. Amin said, if a person’s immune system is good, the risk of infection will be small. For this reason, pulmonary specialist Feni Fitriani said, in order to prevent disease, the body’s immunity must be maintained.
“It means everything must be done in a balanced manner. It means that our immune system must be enlarged,” said Feni. Here, maintaining health must be done with adequate rest, eat regularly, and exercise.