COVID-19: Prevention and Immunity
The world is on high alert as it wrestles with COVID-19. In a few short months, the virus has spread widely from its epicenter in Wuhan, China.
Here are ways to prevent yourself:
Mask use can be an important prevention measure though wearing one doesn't guarantee you won't get sick, but impeccable hand hygiene is a must for everyone.
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Make it easy by slowly counting to 20 as you scrub your hands.
If you blow your nose, use a disposable tissue and place it in the trash can promptly. Do not store it in your pocket.
Next, avoid touching your face - particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth. Carry hand sanitizer with you and use it often. Use disinfectant on all solid surfaces, including doorknobs, and toilet handles!
Keep your distance from people droplets from sneezing or coughing travel three feet, so allow six feet between you and another person.
Building your immune system:
This is a complex network of cells and proteins that defends our bodies against infections and disease.
If you build a robust immune system, not only do you reduce the risk of getting the virus, but if you do get it, the symptoms will tend to be much less, and the duration of your illness will be even shorter.
Ways to strengthen your immune system:
- Get plenty of rest
When we are ill, our bodies recover best when we rest. Even when we think we have recovered, it is best to take two to three additional days to rest.
This may be particularly true for Covid-19 because we do not know for sure when recovery occurs.
- Eat healthfully
Nutrition is vital in dealing with any illness, both as prevention and assistance with the cure.
Fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, reduce inflammation and improve blood vessel function.
Plant foods are loaded with health-promoting, protective phytochemicals that neutralize the oxidative stress of infections and other diseases.
They reduce inflammation in the lungs and enhance the health of the blood vessel lining to assure the needed blood supply.
- Drink lots of water
Water protects the body from dehydration, allowing every cell to function and fight at peak performance.
So drink lots of water! One way to monitor your consumption is to drink enough so that you have at least one clear urine per day.
Make sure you finish your daily water intake before 6 P.M so that your sleep is uninterrupted.
- Get adequate fresh air and exercise
The issue of exercise is also important, and whenever possible out in the sunshine. Deep inspirations of pure air that fill the lungs with oxygen purify the blood.
- Increase hot and cold contrasting exposure
The exposure to cold is another key to recovery from infectious diseases. Experts recommend a hot shower for three to five minutes, followed by a cold shower for about 30 seconds.
Alternate three times, ending with cold water. Coldwater stimulates the immune system.
Although we may not be able to avoid getting sick with the coronavirus, we can put our immune systems in the best possible position to fight it.