This pandemic crushed Bali’s economy in such a way that millions of lives were disrupted on and off the island. Nobody here could even imagine something like this happening.
Despite the island having been on complete lockdown since mid-March. No tourist visas. No surfing. Nobody spending money. It went from 300 + planes arriving every day, with surfers and visitors swarming beaches and warungs across the island to a near ghost town. It’s been a rough few months, and there’s still a long road ahead for the locals who depend on tourism to survive.
For those of you still on the island or who have made your way here somehow, I will continue to update the current situation in Bali.
Most common questions about the coronavirus
- What is the incubation period of the coronavirus disease? The incubation period for COVID-19, which is the time between exposure to the virus (becoming infected) and symptom onset, is on average 5-6 days, however, can be up to 14 days. During this period, also known as the “pre-symptomatic” period, some infected persons can be contagious. Therefore, transmission from a pre-symptomatic case can occur before symptom onset.
- How dangerous is COVID-19? Although for most people COVID-19 causes only mild illness, it can make some people very ill. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes) appear to be more vulnerable.
- Can coronavirus disease spread through food? To date, there have not been any reports of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus through food.
- Which are the first symptoms of the coronavirus disease? The virus can cause a range of symptoms, ranging from mild illness to pneumonia. Symptoms of the disease are fever, cough, sore throat, and headaches. In severe cases, difficulty in breathing and deaths can occur.
- Is a headache a symptom of the coronavirus disease? The virus can cause a range of symptoms, ranging from mild illness to pneumonia. Symptoms of the disease are fever, cough, sore throat, and headaches.
- Can the coronavirus disease spread through feces? The risk of catching the COVID-19 virus from the feces of an infected person is low. There is some evidence that the COVID-19 virus may lead to intestinal infection and be present in feces.
- Does drinking lots of water help flush out COVID-19? There is no evidence that drinking lots of water flushes out the new coronavirus or stomach acid kills the virus.
- Will I get more severe symptoms of COVID-19 if I drink alcohol? Consuming alcohol will not destroy the virus, and its consumption is likely to increase health risks if a person becomes infected with the virus.
Alcohol (at a concentration of at least 60% by volume) works as a disinfectant on your skin, but it has no such effect within your system when ingested.
- Can I get the coronavirus disease from swimming in a swimming pool? Swimming in a well-maintained, properly chlorinated pool is safe. However, it is advisable to stay away from crowded swimming pools.
- Can the coronavirus disease be transmitted in hot or humid climates?
From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19.
- Does heat kill the coronavirus? Heat at 56°C kills the SARS coronavirus at around 10000 units per 15 min (quick reduction).
- Is smoking a risk-factors for COVID-19? Smoking is already known to be a risk factor for many other respiratory infections, including colds, influenza, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. The effects of smoking on the respiratory system makes it more likely that smokers contract these diseases, which could be more severe.
- Can coronavirus spread through mosquito bite? To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.
- Are people who recovered from COVID-19 immune from the disease? There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.
- What is a safe distance from others to protect against the coronavirus disease? Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and others.
- Is there a vaccine for the coronavirus disease? When a disease is new, there is no vaccine until one is developed. It can take a number of years for a new vaccine to be developed.
- If I think I have the coronavirus can a patient spread the coronavirus disease even after symptoms disappear? People infected with COVID-19 can still infect others after they stop feeling sick, so these measures should continue for at least two weeks after symptoms disappear.
Visitors should not be allowed until the end of this period.
- What is the recovery time for the coronavirus disease? Using available preliminary data, the median time from onset to clinical recovery for mild cases is approximately 2 weeks and is 3-6 weeks for patients with severe or critical disease.
What do I do If I am Sick?
If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Keep track of your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get emergency medical care immediately.
If you think you have COVID-19 in Bali, watch for these symptoms before going to a hospital.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention if you think you have COVID-19 in Bali
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call Call 112 or 223333 (For Bali Area) Call 119 ext. 9 (National) : Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
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