Coronavirus (otherwise known as COVID-19) is an infectious disease; which was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Later on 11 March 2020, WHO declared a Global Pandemic and requested people to be careful & stay safe at home. The disease is one of its kind with no specific treatment or vaccination announced so far.
Who is at Higher Risk for Severe Illness?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people of all ages can be infected with the virus and can contract COVID-19. However, people falling under the following few aspects are at higher risk of severe illness (if contracted with the virus):
- People aging 65 years and above.
- Asthma and chronic lung disease patients
- People having serious heart conditions
- Immunocompromised people of any age. For instance, people having immune deficiencies/auto-immune diseases, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, or are being treated for cancer.
- People with liver/kidney diseases, severe obesity, and diabetes.
How to Protect Yourselves from Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is spreading rapidly and the entire world is fighting this COVID-19 situation together. Facts remain unchanged, despite several pieces of research no vaccine has been developed so far to cure the disease and its impact on the human body.
Staying updated, taking precautions, building immunity, and abiding by government regulations is the only way to fight this pandemic.
Here we list down few coronavirus tips and measures that can be taken to protect ourselves from the virus:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Use alcohol-based hand rubs
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, gadgets, utensils on a regular basis
- Cover your face while coughing or sneezing
- Use medical masks or cotton cloth to cover your face while stepping out
- Maintain social distancing and avoid contact with anyone having cold or fever
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with hands
Steps to Boost your Immune System
Joel Fuhrman says, “The right raw materials can…double or triple the protective power of the immune system.”
Robust immunity is the only thing that can protect people from Coronavirus and ensure healthy wellbeing until this pandemic lasts. Here are a few tips that can help people boost their immunity to fight COVID-19 and keep it at bay:
Improve Your Diet
Good nutrition and a healthy diet is the key to an ineffectual immunity. Read our post about good nutrition and why it is important for you. Include probiotics like Yogurt, Yakult, and fermented food to your diet. Such things will rejuvenate the composition of gut bacteria, which is important for nutrient absorption by the body.
Switch to low carb diets, as it will help slow down diabetes and control your blood sugar & pressure levels. Include more and more vegetables to your diet that are rich in Beta carotene, Ascorbic acid & other essential vitamins.
Don’t Compromise on Sleep
An ample amount of sleep helps our body to naturally repair itself from day to day wear and tear. A little compromise or negligence on sleeping behavior impacts the most on your immunity. So don’t compromise on your sleep and take at least 7-8 hours of sleep every day.
Keep your body hydrated and drink ample amounts of water to help the body flush out all toxins, raising your immunity levels to fight Coronavirus. Consume plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated in the form of juices, coconut water along with 8-10 glasses of water in a day.
Workout/Exercise at Home During the quarantine
Read our detailed post on how to workout at home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Don’t skip on exercises while you are quarantined. Remember to exercise regularly, it’s recommended to exercise for 30-45 minutes a day depending on your stamina.
Supplements & Immunity Boosting foods
While the above-mentioned tips will definitely help, the need of the hour is a quick boost to your immunity making sure your body stays fighting fit throughout the pandemic. Here are a few supplements and superfoods that can help you level up the game:
Consume foods that are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is greatly helpful when it comes to preventing common cold.
This vitamin protects your body against respiratory tract infections. Despite its ease of availability (via sunlight), most people are deficient in vitamin D. It’s recommended to consult a doctor or professional before taking Vitamin D supplements to boost immune response.
This is again a vital component to white blood corpuscles in your body that fights infections. Take zinc supplements after discussing it with your doctor.
Turmeric and Garlic
These two ingredients are easily available in your kitchen and we can’t deny the health benefits they provide. Garlic & Turmeric are easily available yet very helpful in building healthy immunity with their anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Increase the intake of Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander, and garlic for a quick boost to your immunity levels.
Check our infographic on 5 Immunity Booster foods for more information on such superfoods.
Apart from the aforementioned things, try and maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep up the immune levels. Meditate regularly, indulge in a yoga routine, drink warm water, avoid outside food, avoid smoking & alcohol, and don’t travel unnecessarily.
COVID-19: Myths Busted
MYTH 1: Wearing a mask could lead to CO2 Intoxication & make me Oxygen deficit
FACT: Prolonged use of medical masks (when properly worn), DOES NOT cause CO2 Intoxication nor oxygen deficiency. However, masks should be removed during physical activity as it might cause discomfort in breathing properly.
MYTH 2: Alcohol can protect me against COVID-19
FACT: Alcohol consumption does not protect you against COVID-19 and can induce other health issues.
MYTH 3: Regular thermal scanning is effective in detecting COVID-19 suspects
FACT: Thermal scanners CANNOT detect COVID-19. The process is only effective to detect people having a high body temperature.
MYTH 4: HOT & Humid weather kills/neutralizes the virus
FACT: Exposing yourself to sunlight or temperature does not prevent COVID-19. No matter how sunny or hot the weather is, you can still catch COVID-19.
MYTH 5: COVID-19 can be transmitted through SEX
FACT: There is no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted through sexual fluids (semen, vaginal fluid, blood, and anal mucus). Neither WHO nor any trusted authority ever released such information. However, kissing, intimate contact, and fecal-oral routes are suspected to transmit the virus.
MYTH 6: COVID-19 can be passed on through food
FACT: The virus cannot be transmitted through food. However, practicing food safety will help to reduce any risk and includes proper cooking of food, washing hands throughout the preparation, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and utensils after cooking.
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