With the rise of the COVID-19 virus now identified as a pandemic by WHO (World Health Organisation) is causing panic around resulting in chaos in grocery stores and people fighting over toilet papers.
The COVID-19 virus is a serious infection affecting everyone in contact with a patient positive with the virus. The virus can be transmitted via droplets from sneezing, coughing or just even talking, says David Heymann at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who led the global efforts to contain SARS.
It is seen that the virus mostly affects people of old age, according to the data from ChinaCDC, 87% of people aged from 30 to 79 while lesser rates of the younger generation being contracted of the disease.
Allow yourself to minimise the risk of catching it and follow these 7 ways in fighting off the spread of the COVID-19 virus:
1. Exercise and Proper Diet
Having a healthy body means having the right nutrients your body needs. And being healthy means a higher chance of your immune system fighting off the virus.
A proper diet should be consistent with your healthy eating plan to lower the risk of catching health conditions while simultaneously partaking moderate exercising.
2. Get Enough Sleep
Adults having a higher risk of being infected should practice 7-8 hours of sleep. We know with today’s panic having a good night’s sleep is hard but at least try, it is for your own good.
3. Intake of Vitamins and Eat Immunity Supporting Foods
Vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin D, and zinc are recommended to be added in your daily vitamin intake to boost your immune system. Be sure to also include in your diet immunity supporting foods such as citrus fruits, garlic, broccoli, and spinach.
4. Avoid Smoking at all Cost
From a recent study of ChinaCDC, most confirmed COVID-19 cases are males who are believed to be smokers. Smokers are at a higher risk of respiratory viral infection. It is highly advised to quit smoking, we know it is hard but at least try.
5. Get a Flu Shot
Though flu vaccines are mainly taken to prevent infection of influenza it is still advised to get a flu shot. As said by Dr. Albert Ko, a professor and department chair at the Yale School of Public Health, “I do think immunizing people against influenza has a very important indirect effect.”
One of the many symptoms of COVID-19 is flu-like symptoms and getting a flu shot reduces the number of flu patients thus having you a higher chance to avoid being infected.
6. Cover Coughs and Sneezes
Even before the rise of the COVID-19, it is basic etiquette to cover your mouth or nose when you happen to cough or sneeze to avoid the spread of the virus.
If you must cough or sneeze be sure to use the inside of your elbow. When using tissues be sure to dispose of them properly then sanitize afterward.
7. Sanitize by Using hand sanitizers or Washing your Hands
Washyourlyrics with help from the NHS (National Health Service) has come up with a clever way to practice hand hygiene.
The idea is to follow the proper handwashing technique while singing your choice of song within 20 seconds to remove oil, dirt, and microorganisms in your hand to avoid the spread of the virus.
For sanitizing your hands using sanitizer gels, the process is the same just replace the water and soap with your choice of gel with 70% or greater isopropyl alcohol to fight bacteria and other harmful microbes.
8. Mandatory Social Distancing
It is best to take the social distancing seriously to avoid being in contact with any potentially infected patient.
Maintain at least a 1 meter (3 feet) distance to anyone who is coughing or sneezing. This is to avoid breathing in the droplets that might contain the virus.
9. Take a Long Bath after Going to Public Places
It is advised to stay home at all costs. But if the situation requires you to go outside and then go home, remember to disinfect yourself by taking a good whole body wash, may it be by showering or by bathing to avoid spreading the virus in your home.
Stay away from public places but if badly needed be sure to follow these tips and make you and your family safe from the risk of the COVID-19 virus.
For your safety, here is the hotline if in case you suspect yourself of showing signs of the virus symptoms.