COVID-19 ,the respiratory illness corona virus has spread across the world and the WHO has officially declared the disease a pandemic. As the threat becomes more widespread, new precautions must be taken: The federal government has implemented various protective measures, as have individual state, county and city governments. You, too, should take steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 and limit the spread of the novel corona virus to others. In this article, learn how.
How likely are you to get the corona virus?
Anyone can contract COVID-19, although certain groups of people have a higher risk of developing serious complications from the virus and requiring hospitalization. Many people who get corona virus will experience cold- or flu-like symptoms, and some people who get the virus will be completely asymptomatic. But no matter which group you fall into, everyone has a responsibility to limit the spread to other people, especially to those who may develop deadly complications
People at high risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19 include older adults, pregnant women, people with asthma and HIV, and people with underlying diseases, including heart disease, lung disease and diabetes.
Physical distancing is a key component to decrease asymptomatic spread. This works by minimizing your risk of being exposed to the virus and, if you are an asymptomatic carrier, you minimize the potential that you infect someone else.”
The CDC, the WHO, governments and healthcare workers are all urging people to stay home if they can. Obviously, some people don’t have the luxury of working from home, and people still need to venture out to grocery stores and gas stations. But when you can stay home, do so to flatten the curve.
If you do need to leave the house, follow some basic preventative measures.
By mid-March 2020, many states, counties and cities implemented their own protective measures to slow the spread of the novel corona virus. Many public and private schools are closed, and youth sports programs have been suspended just as college and professional sports have. Restaurants and bars are closed or have limited hours and capabilities, as do other nonessential businesses, such as clothing stores.
If your state or local government has imposed guidelines, you should follow them to the best of your ability.
On top of basic illness prevention, the best (and only real) defense against disease is a strong immune system. Your body is better able to fight off illnesses when your immune system is really humming, he explains, and everyone should put in an effort to get theirs into tip-top shape.
“This is a time to focus on all the health habits you may have been putting off. Start daily activities and food choices that support your health and turn them into habits that will lead to lifelong improvements in health. During this time, get adequate sleep and some fresh air and sunlight daily.
Also, stay hydrated, minimize overly processed foods and make sure to eat enough micro nutrients when you can (try your best with what you can find at grocery stores right now).
In addition to your physical health, you should take care of your mental health. High stress levels can take a toll on your immune system, which is the opposite of what you want in this situation. If you’re feeling overly anxious about COVID-19, follow these tips from a psychotherapist to keep your nerves calm.
You really shouldn’t be traveling anywhere at this point, according to the WHO, the CDC, the federal government and state governments. Avoiding travel — even travel within your own city — is the best way to stop the spread of corona virus.
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