Indonesian TikTokers take on COVID-19
Many Indonesians have turned to social media platforms to stay in touch with friends and family, or to simply kill time while in self-quarantine. But a handful of TikTok users have gone a step further and wisely used the app to share COVID-19 prevention tips that are both informative and entertaining.
Corona content by Indonesian TikTok users
It sounds incredibly ironic to say that a lot of TikTok videos about COVID-19 have gone viral, but they indeed have.
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MC Hammer’s hit song works perfectly in this video that tells you to avoid bad habits such as rubbing your eyes and touching your face after using your most likely germ-infested phone.
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While it’s definitely key that you stay at home, there might be times when you need to go on a grocery run. The message of this Tiktok user is simple: don’t be scared, be informed. Use masks when necessary, sneeze into your elbow, and follow the WHO 6-step hand-washing directions.
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Boosting your immune system is as important as keeping yourself and your surroundings clean. One way to strengthen your immunity is by exercising – and yoga happens to be a popular form of physical fitness that you can perform in a small space at home. @rianayoga shares tips on their channel.
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Sometimes it’s also important to just… do nothing at all. Give yourself a break, even if that means letting yourself eat and sleep, and repeat. But it might be a good idea to wait an hour or so after each meal.
Celebrities urge you to stay at home and wash your hands
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Those who grew up in the 90s would know who this dynamic duo is. In collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Education, ventriloquist and educator, Ria Enes, and her sharp-tongued sidekick Susan, tell you to stay at home as much as possible and to stay on top of your online courses.
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Noah’s vocalist, Ariel, has also jumped on the Tiktok hand-washing content bandwagon. In a post on his band’s account, Ariel sings a snippet of his song as he takes his time to wash his hands. Good job, Ariel, but maybe don’t touch your face.
Healthcare professionals have also entered the chat
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COVID-19 tips shared by a medical worker carry a lot of weight. Dr. Dion Haryadi doesn’t miss the golden opportunity to educate his fellow TikTok users. He tells us to avoid direct contact, including very Indonesian habits such as salim (a gesture of respect for elders) and cipika-cipiki (slang for a typical check-to-cheek greeting).
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Alodokter, a digital healthcare company, also shares tips through exaggerated scenarios. Don’t shake hands, and definitely don’t share eating and drinking utensils if you don’t want the virus to stick to you.
Follow these health and hygiene tips
These TikTok videos might be short and lighthearted, but that doesn’t make the creators’ COVID-19 prevention tips less true. Follow these tips or maybe post some of your own.
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