Passengers keep a distance from each other at the Lebak Bulus MRT Station in Jakarta on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Millennials Could Play Key Role in Curbing Spread of Covid-19


MARCH 24, 2020

Jakarta. One of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's "millennial aides" and Ruangguru founder, Adamas Belva Syah Devara, said millennials could play a vital role in curbing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially since they're more likely to become asymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus.

"This virus doesn't spread by itself. We [millennials] are likely to become carriers for the virus. We can play a key role in stopping its spread. In South Korea, 30 percent of people who test positive for Covid-19 are between 20 and 29 years old," Belva said in a video conference at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) headquarters in Jakarta on Monday.

The founder of the online education app said the percentage is three times higher than among 30 to 39 years old and two times higher than among 40 to 49 years old.

According to Belva, young people are more susceptible to Covid-19 due to their high mobility. This is why they must stay at home whenever possible and, if they can't avoid getting out of the house, observe physical distancing.

"Stay at home, stop hanging out with your friends. If you can do it, work from home. A lot of young people seem to underestimate this virus. Please don't. [You might be fine but] you could endanger your parents or grandparents," he said. 

Belva also said that since millennials are tech-savvy they know where to access valid information and should do more to counter hoaxes on social media. 

"It's our job as the young generation to counter hoaxes," he said.