Word got out that basking in the sun could kill the Coronavirus and prevent transmission of COVID-19. Is it true that the sun can kill the Coronavirus? What are the benefits of sunbathing to prevent COVID-19? And what is the right time for sunbathing?
Morning sunlight, especially before 10:00 am, does have many health benefits. When absorbed by the skin, ultraviolet light in sunlight will stimulate the body to produce vitamin D.
Vitamin D produced by the body from the process of basking in the sun has many health benefits. Vitamin D can increase calcium and phosphorus levels in the body, maintain muscle and nerve function, and increase the body’s immune or immune system against infection.
Myths and Facts Related to Sunbathing and Corona Virus Prevention
During the COVID-19 outbreak that struck almost all countries, including Indonesia, a variety of ways were used by the community to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus from becoming more widespread. One way that is considered the easiest and most practical is to sunbathe.
Circulating information states that the Coronavirus will be destroyed under ultraviolet (UV) or hot temperatures. This is based on several studies which state that UV light and heat above 56oC can kill many viruses, such as the SARS virus, bird flu, and influenza.
However, until now, there have been no studies that prove that UV rays and heat from sunlight can kill the Coronavirus, both in the air and in the body.
Tips for Safe Sunbathing
Although sunlight cannot kill the Coronavirus, sunbathing has many health benefits. In addition to increasing bone and muscle strength and endurance, sunbathing is also beneficial for maintaining mental health and making sleep more soundly.
However, you also need to remember that excessive exposure to UV light can be harmful to health. Therefore, do the following tips when sunbathing:
1. Use sunscreen and glasses when sunbathing
Apply sunblock ( sunblock ) with SPF 30 or more on the skin, 20-30 minutes before sunbathing. This is important to prevent the skin from burning or experiencing sunburn during sunbathing.
If necessary, wear sunglasses that can ward off UVA and UVB to protect the eyes from the dangers of ultraviolet rays, especially when the sun is blazing.
2. Pay attention to the schedule and duration of sunbathing
To meet the needs of vitamin D, safe sunbathing can be done 3 times a week at around 09:00 in the morning for 5-15 minutes. Avoid sunbathing too long because it can damage the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer.
3. Drink enough water when sunbathing
When sunbathing, don’t forget to drink enough water so that your body does not become dehydrated. If you feel hot or weak and dizzy when sunbathing, immediately move to the shade to cool the body to avoid heatstroke.
4. Apply physical distancing
When sunbathing in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t forget to always apply physical distancing. Avoid sunbathing in a crowded place and keep a distance from others at least 1 meter. This is important to do to reduce your risk of being exposed to the Coronavirus.
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Effective Steps to Prevent Corona Virus Transmission
Bask in the sun can increase endurance to prevent infection, including COVID-19, although it cannot directly kill the Coronavirus.
To avoid COVID-19 and stop the Coronavirus from spreading, you are advised to take the following steps:
- Wash your hands with running water and soap for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer
- Following the government’s advice to worship, study, and work from home ( work from home )
- Use a mask, both cloth masks and surgical masks, if forced to have to travel or move outside the home
- Perform physical distancing, which is to keep a distance from other people at least 1 meter
- Eat nutritious foods to maintain endurance and take supplements if necessary
If you experience symptoms of a Coronavirus infection, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, do self-isolation immediately and call the COVID-19 hotline at 119 Ext. 9 to get further direction.