Vulnerable to Exposure to Shingles during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Here’s the Anticipation, JAKARTA – A person is susceptible to contracting shingles or herpes zoster (HZ) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was stated by a dermatologist from the Indonesian Society of Dermatology and Venereology (PERDOSKI), Anthony Handoko.

“During this pandemic that has lasted more than 1 year, in general we tend to experience a decrease in body power due to psychological stress, as well as prolonged fatigue to always be aware of COVID-19.”

“So, it is very possible for someone to get HZ more easily at this time,” said the Pramudia Clinic CEO in a written statement.

He said, those who had been hit chicken pox also at high risk of developing HZ if you have a weak immune system.

For example, the elderly, people with HIV / AIDS, organ transplant patients, cancer sufferers, psychological stress, postoperative patients and patients who take drugs with the effect of suppressing the body’s immune cells.

According to Anthony, the focus of prevention against HZ is to increase body immunity in general, and avoid contact with the virus from HZ sufferers.

From the transmission side, HZ caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV) is transmitted through breath exchange and contact with skin lesions or symptoms.


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