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Concerns grow about pandemic medical waste disposal

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Bandung   /   Fri, April 3 2020   /  12:42 am
Time of need: Beds and equipment await patients at an emergency hospital in the Lippo Plaza Mampang shopping center and apartments in South Jakarta on Thursday. The move by the Siloam Hospital in Mampang to anticipate an increase of COVID-19 patients had triggered protests by the tenants of the apartments. (JP/Seto Wardhana)(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Time of need: Beds and equipment await patients at an emergency hospital in the Lippo Plaza Mampang shopping center and apartments in South Jakarta on Thursday. The move by the Siloam Hospital in Mampang to anticipate an increase of COVID-19 patients had triggered protests by the tenants of the apartments. (JP/Seto Wardhana)As medical workers treat more and more COVID-19 patients, concerns are growing over how to deal with the medical waste that is expected to pile up.

The virus spreads from people to people through droplets from infected persons. It is unclear how long the virus from the droplets survives on surfaces, but various studies suggest it may persist up to 72 hours on hard shiny surfaces and up to 24 hours on porous surfaces depending on the temperature and humidity.

According to data from the Health Ministry, 2,820 hospitals and 9,884 community health centers (P...