Is it possible to avoid catching the Coronavirus, and how? This and many other similar problems quickly became one of the burning questions in the past few weeks. Some predictions say that the virus will soon be present in all countries, so what can we do about it? Right now, what is crucial is not to panic. There are no Coronavirus COVID-19 vaccines, but prevention is the key. If you do not have any major health problems, you are not in the high-risk group, but you should still stay cautious and take some steps. Although no one can guarantee that these measures can help, they will certainly not cause you any problems. So let’s take a look at all the things you can do to help your body boost its immune system.
Step 1: Wash Your Hands
Are we not doing it daily already? We do, but now it has to be more often and more thoroughly than ever. It is recommended to wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Another option is to use hand sanitizers, which is convenient when you are outdoors. But the sanitizer has to contain at least 60% of alcohol. Do not touch your mouth, eyes, or nose, if you did not wash your hands before that. Here are the situations when hand washing is a must:
- After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
- After you come home or to work
- Before eating or touching food
Step 2: Get Enough Sleep
Although it may seem that sleep does not have much to do with Coronavirus, sleep is vital for building our immune system. All the essential revitalizing and repairing processes occur in our body while we are sleeping, so getting enough proper sleep should be a priority. Lack of sleep means that our body will produce less protective cytokines and reduce the number of antibodies that are supposed to fight the infection. Generally, for adults, anything between 7 to 9 hours of sleep is considered to be enough.
Step 3: A Healthy Diet
Forget about sugary soda, candies, and carbs. All you need is a well-balanced diet that incorporates plenty of healthy ingredients, fruits, and vegetables. The most important vitamins that can help you boost your immune system are vitamins C, E, D, and B6. Get them from whole foods because nutrients will be absorbed better from fresh fruits and vegetables than from supplements. If you are taking supplements, be cautious. Take them early during the morning along with food, and always consult a doctor, do not take them on your own. And do not forget, taking too much of specific vitamins can even be harmful, so keep it moderate.
Step 4: Exercise
Exercising has a lot to do with our immunity, so if you always waited for an excuse good enough to start exercising, now you finally have it. You do not need to exaggerate or spend hours at the gym. Some light exercises for beginners will do the work just fine and help your immunity to stay away from viruses. People who exercise regularly are capable of overcoming a cold faster than those who don’t, and their symptoms are usually milder.
Step 5: Reduce Stress
Avoiding stress in situations like this can be challenging when we are all anxious and in panic. But since stress can suppress our immunity and make us more vulnerable to viruses, that is exactly what you have to do. Too much stress releases the hormone called cortisol, which can boost inflammation in our body. Besides, overthinking about the virus and stressing will only make you paranoid, not more healthy, so try to focus on the things that actually help.
What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?
Many compare the latest Coronavirus symptoms with the symptoms of the seasonal flu, and they are not wrong. In most cases, they are very similar, if not the same, so how to tell the difference? The best thing to do if you notice any of the following symptoms is to call a doctor. Call first, do not go to the clinic, and risk spreading the virus to people who already have some other health concerns. Keep in mind that this virus is still new and that a lot of things are unknown, so some symptoms may be added later. So far, the main symptoms include:
- High temperature or fever
- Shortness of breath
Some patients reported that they are feeling pain or have nasal congestion, runny nose, but those symptoms are usually mild and not permanent. Keep in mind that some people do not even have these symptoms and yet they are positive on the Coronavirus test. Approximately every sixth patient will have these symptoms in a more severe form. The most jeopardized age group is, of course, seniors. Many of them already have fragile health, and influenza-like Coronavirus can leave fatal consequences. Therefore, seniors and everyone who already has some health issues, should pay special attention and try to self isolate as much as possible.
The Bottom Line
While the world is waiting for the day when the number of people who are infected will stop growing, this global pandemic continues to spread. Hence, we have to approach this situation seriously and do everything that is in our power. Boosting our immunity is currently the best that we all can do to protect ourselves and the people around us. These general recommendations should be followed anyway, regardless of the virus outburst, but if you did not practice all of them, now you have a good reason to start.
About the author
Rebecca Smith is a freelance content writer who loves to write content related to a healthy lifestyle. As for now, she is focusing on writing and sharing COVID-19 information that gives awareness to the people about the virus. When she is not busy, she dabbles in charcoal and oil paint.