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Urbanites struggle to cope with self-isolation

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Bandung   /   Thu, April 9 2020   /  01:10 am

Staying at home and limiting one’s interaction with others is pivotal to curb the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 disease. But while some Indonesians seem to cope well with physical distancing, others find weeks of living in self-isolation hard.

For Indiana Malia, 27, a reporter for a Jakarta news portal, being mobile and working outdoors was a daily routine until last month, when her company instructed employees to work from home, in line with government instructions.

The past three weeks have been hard for her as she has had to hole up and work in her small rented house in West Jakarta.

“It was so stressful that the other day, I found myself starting to talk to stray cats in my neighborhood,” Indiana said on Friday.

As a journalist, she needs to follow the latest COVID-19 developments, but the constant stream of grim news and her limited mobil...