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Indonesians sunbathe to prevent nCoV

Indonesians sunbathe to prevent nCoV 3
Indonesians sunbathe to prevent nCoV 3

`I always avoid sun exposure because I don’t want my skin to darken,` said Theresia Rikke Astria, a 27-year-old woman in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

This belief comes from unfounded posts on social media that sunlight and the vitamin D it provides can slow or kill nCoV.

This research has not been independently verified, but US President Donald Trump expressed excitement about it in a press conference, even wanting scientists to find ways to `bring light into the body` of patients.

Indonesians sit on train tracks sunbathing in Bekasi, West Java, on April 4.

Vitamin D, found in fish, eggs, milk and sunlight, is important in maintaining a healthy immune system, according to Dr. Dirga Sakti Rambe at Omni Pulomas Hospital in Jakarta.

`Exposing the body to direct sunlight is beneficial for vitamin D absorption but does not prevent Covid-19,` the doctor said.

Covid-19 forced beauty lovers like Rio Zikrizal to change, although he had to hesitate when deciding to sunbathe shirtless.

`Normally I don’t want to sunbathe,` said Zikrizal, a Jakarta resident.

Nabillah Ayu, living on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta, started a new habit of sunbathing at 10 a.m., hoping to avoid Covid-19.

`Sunshine does not directly kill nCoV, but it strengthens the immune system and helps keep you from getting infected with the virus,` the 22-year-old girl said.

Indonesians sunbathe to prevent nCoV

Indonesian soldiers sunbathe in Ambon, Maluku.

Some Indonesian military and police units have included sun exposure in their morning training programs.

On the train tracks in Tangerang, on the edge of Jakarta, many women in hoodies rolled up their sleeves and pants to sunbathe, while men stripped shirtless to bask in the Sun.

`I started sunbathing regularly since the outbreak,` said Alfian, who sunbathes near the railway tracks.

Wadianto Wadito, a retiree who suffers from heart disease and diabetes, said he does everything to make himself healthier.

Indonesia is currently the second largest epidemic region in Southeast Asia, but has the highest death rate in the region, with the epidemic epicenter in the capital Jakarta and surrounding areas.

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