Essential Phrases During Corona Outbreak

Updated: 5 days ago

The past few weeks have been a challenging time for many of us all around the world.


With the coronavirus (COVID-19) being a pandemic phenomenon, everyone is starting to pay more attention to their health. You should too.


If you were not feeling well or experiencing some suspicious symptoms, go to the nearest health care provider and check your condition.


But, what if you were experiencing this uncomfortable situation during your stay in Indonesia? Or you might just be curious, what do Indonesians usually say in this kind of situation?


Here are some phrases in Bahasa Indonesia you could use or you might often hear during the coronavirus outbreak:


  • Tidak enak badan (not feeling well)

if your body is not feeling well at the moment, this is the term you are looking for. To articulate this situation, you can say:

Saya merasa tidak enak badan hari ini.

(I am not feeling well today)


  • Sesak Napas (Shortness of Breath)

If you experienced a hard time breathing and your chest hurts, you are probably having shortness of breath. To express this symptoms, you can say :

Dada saya sakit. Saya sesak napas

(My chest hurts. I am having shortness of breath.)


  • Batuk (Cough)

Or what if you were starting to get dry coughs? Do not just wait and do nothing. Go immediately to the doctor and tell them:

Saya batuk terus-menerus dan batuk saya kering.

(I have been having dry coughs continuously)


  • Meriang (Feverish)

Nobody enjoys having fever. Your body temperature starts to rise but the surrounding feels so cold. When you are feeling feverish, you can use the Indonesian word “meriang”. Here is an example:

Badan saya meriang

(My body is feverish)


  • Rumah Sakit Terdekat (Nearest Hospital)

In this situation one of the most important information you should get is the location of the nearest hospital you can reach, just in case if something happened. So, what should you say to ask for this information?

Simply say

Di mana rumah sakit terdekat?

(Where is the nearest hospital?)


  • Tes Kesehatan (Medical Check-up)

After arriving at the hospital, the first thing you want to do is probably registering for a medical check up. In bahasa Indonesia, people would say:

Saya mau melakukan tes kesehatan

(I want to do a medical check up.)


  • Masker dan Pembersih Tangan (Face Mask and Hand Sanitizer)

The last one would probably be the one thing everybody is trying to say during the phenomenon. People are constantly looking for face masks and hand sanitizer. Are you looking for these things too? You can say:

Di mana saya bisa beli masker dan pembersih tangan?

(Where can I buy a face mask and hand sanitizer?)



There you go! These are some phrases which could be really helpful during the coronavirus outbreak or any other time when you are feeling ill or not well.


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