At present, we are going through one of the most challenging times. The entire world is going through a lockdown and there is a lot of uncertainty around us.
COVID-19 is one of the biggest pandemic mankind has ever seen. The virus has brought the world to stand still and people are confined to their homes due to the lockdown and social distancing norms.
The constant news and updates about the Coronavirus outbreak have also given ways to various rumours. Being aware is important but getting the facts right from reliable sources and then spreading the word is equally important.
The number of positive tested cases for COVID-19 has been on a constant rise. It’s the global health pandemic which the entire world is fighting with.
Millions of people are getting affected with Coronavirus as it has spread its wings in 210 countries and the major ones being the USA, Spain, Italy, France, UK, China and many more.
The US is closely grasping the nettle with the COVID-19 outbreak. The latest worldwide reported cases are 2.9 Million (as on 26/04/2020). Out of these, more than 2 Lakh people have lost their lives.
In the USA alone, there are 956,758 confirmed cases and 53,926 deaths which is the biggest death toll yet. It’s a major loss to the country and the world.
There are Guidelines and Advisories given by the government for COVID-19’s prevention.
There are specific precautionary measures which are required to be followed by the government employees and the people involved in the essential services.
As per the research, it is found that the majority of the people who are infected with the Coronavirus experience either mild or asymptomatic (no symptoms) of the disease.
Let’s take a quick look at the symptoms first.
- Dry Cough
- Sore Throat
- Body Pain
- Shortness of breath
Preventive measures if any mild symptoms are there at home
If you experience even mild symptoms of the virus, then you should
- Be away from everyone else at home and should quarantine themselves.
- Don’t allow any visitor to walk in.
- Be isolated in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom.
- Cover when sneezing or while coughing with a tissue and trash it after use.
- Keep the utensils separate and wash it after use.
- Wear a face mask if anyone is around in the room.
- Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or face so often.
- Avoid touching anything with bare hands. Use gloves.
- Take ample of rest.
- Avoid frequent visits to the infected person only one caretaker should take care of him following all the required safety measures.
How to make the best use of the lockdown
As much as we hate it, the truth is that we all are confined to our homes. So, instead of cribbing, let’s look at the brighter side.
Upgrade skills– This is the best time to upgrade your skills.
Discover passion– Do things that you love to do. Time to re-live your life. Explore new things like cooking new dishes, identifying your creative streaks like singing, dancing, writing, sketching etc.
You never know what things you may learn about yourself.
Reconnect with people– Most of us have lost touch with our friends and family owing to our erratic schedules.
As this lockdown has slowed the pace of our lives, it is a good time to reconnect with others. So, stop thinking, pick up the phone and call your friends now or best, do a video call!
As the world works to develop Corona vaccine, we can make our body ready to fight this deadly virus. The only advice is to boost your immune system by a healthy and rich diet.
A healthy diet should be full of proteins, vitamins as it helps the system fight against any virus. Focus on-
- Low carb diet as it helps to keep the level of sugar and blood pressure maintained.
- Make maximum use of Vitamin C, you can take it in a supplement or the natural form like lemon, Orange juice, strawberries, broccoli etc Include nutrient-dense rich foods like papaya, Kiwi, mushrooms, tomato, spinach etc in your diet to boost immunity.
- Drink plenty of water and other fluids like lukewarm lemon water. Avoid alcohol as it dehydrates the body.
- Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids natural sources like fish such as salmon will help to strengthen the immunity.
- Food that has Antioxidant properties work as a booster for our immune system. This may include the foods that we consume on regular basis– Almonds, milk, citrus food, all green leafy vegetables, avocado, vegetable oils, tofu, red wine (if taken in limited quantity), red capsicum, tomatoes, green tea.
Include these in your diet as Vitamin E is a rich and powerful antioxidant that helps the body to fight against infection.
Here, is a simple immunity booster that you can make at home. This would not only boost your immunity but will also keep acidity in control. The recipe is shared below-
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (Haldi)
½ tsp carom seeds (Ajwain)
1 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)
2-3 cloves of garlic
Small piece of ginger (you can either chop or grate it)
1/4 tsp pepper powder (you can add more if you want, keep in mind not to overdo the spices)
Add all these ingredients in 2 glasses water. Boil on low heat for 5-10 min. Drink one glass of this miracle drink an hour before lunch and dinner.
There are some common myths spread about coronavirus. Videos being unrolled on Whatsapp and other social media (Amazon affiliate link) platforms. Some of the myths are –
Use of chlorine on the skin– Using alcohol much of chlorine on the skin can actually harm or if comes in contact with face or eyes could be even worse.
Coronavirus can only risk elderly– This is certainly a myth because children with the age of 3-4 yrs have got affected and so has middle-aged people.
Summer will kill the virus– There is no scientific evidence that the hot temperature will kill the virus within your body.
Even if the outside temperature is 35- 40 degree Celsius, you cannot stand outside under the sun for the day and of course, social distancing is another cause so you are inside your house sitting in a chilling room so the temperature will not have any impact on your body.
Animals spread coronavirus– As per the study yet it’s not proved that animals like dogs or cats can spread the virus to a human. As only human to human transmission has spread it until now.
Hand dryers will be effective– It’s again a myth that the spread of the virus can be stopped by just washing and sanitizing hands regularly. Of course, this is a good practice but has to be followed along with social distancing and other safety norms.
Note: – Remember not to go near any fire catching thing or gas stove immediately after using the alcohol-based sanitizer (Amazon affiliate link) as it takes a few seconds to evaporate.
What else to be done at home?
Do exercise – In any situation, it is recommended to do exercise regularly to be fit and healthy. The research says that being fit boosts our immune system which helps fight against any virus.
Even though we are restricted to go to the gym for exercise or go for a brisk walk due to the social distance, there are still ample ways to be fit.
You can find many home workouts on YouTube channels, exercise tutorials and mobile apps. So, give up the excuse of gyms being closed and start exercising at home (Amazon affiliate link).
Exercise not only helps in weight loss but helps in de-stressing and makes you happier.
Exercise makes you happy because when we workout our body releases a happiness hormone called endorphins. Endorphins help to produce positive feelings and make us feel happy and light.
Practice Yoga or meditation– Meditation and yoga (Amazon affiliate link )asanas are the best exercises for physical and mental well being. They are the best stress relievers and including them in your daily routine is a must.
Avoid Travel– We can actually avoid all superfluous travel. We should try out best to avoid social gatherings and maintain social distancing as this is the only way to curb the spread of coronavirus.
And if going out is unavoidable then don’t forget to sanitize hands, use gloves and nose and mouth-covering masks (Amazon affiliate link). Also after coming back home we should first clean our hands and change so that if anything comes along with you should not get spread among the other members of the house.
So do take care of all the preventive measures that help to keep you safe and protected from this Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.
Follow lockdown, Social distancing, keep yourself isolated, take a healthy diet, keep the body hydrated, avoid alcohol and smoking.
If everyone takes care of these small things we will certainly be able to win this battle together and overcome the COVID-19 pandemic very soon.
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