US doctor becomes Twitter celebrity in Indonesia for Covid-19 advice as Delta variant wreaks havoc

US doctor becomes Twitter celebrity in Indonesia for Covid-19 advice as Delta variant wreaks havoc

Coffins being prepared for Covid-19 victims at a workshop inside a funeral complex in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Reuters

Indonesians have found a new authority on all things Covid-19 – a doctor in the United States who lives more than 16,000km away from the Southeast Asian nation, which is currently in the grip of the fast-spreading Delta variant.

Dr Faheem Younus, the chief of infectious diseases at the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, has become a selebtwit – or Twitter celebrity – after using the platform to share coronavirus-related advice and best practices to rein in the spread of the disease in Bahasa Indonesia. He also tackles myths surrounding the virus, some of which are unique to Indonesian social media and chat groups – such as claims that eucalyptus or a particular brand of canned milk can help cure the disease.

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