We all know the secret to staying healthy and fit. It's the magic pill: diet and exercise. It is to eat healthy foods; foods that are rich in nutrients and have vitamins and minerals. It is to exercise regularly and partake in quality daily physical activity. Now let's take it one step further and learn how to prevent the spread of a virus like COVID-19.
1. Drink lots of water
COVID-19 symptoms are similar to any flu symptoms. Drinking lots of fluids can help prevent the virus from spreading across your body, especially drinking room-temperature water to keep your throat and your mouth moist. It will also keep all your bodily functions running properly down to the cellular level. Do not share your water with friends or coworkers or teammates. The virus may be dormant in their body.
2. Boost your immune system
Make sure you are getting enough sleep during the night, avoid stress, and eat fruit and vegetables. Get lots of vitamin C through citrus fruits (oranges, limes, lemons, etc.) or ingest it through your local pharmaceutical products if you must but try to avoid those because they include sugar.
3. Wash your hands regularly
COVID-19 is not airborne. However, it is easily transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids such as sneezing, coughing, spitting, etc. Make sure you are not touching any surfaces that may have come in contact with other people. If you do, wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using warm water and soap. If you do not have access to soap and water, then sanitize your hands using wet wipes or hand sanitizer until you are able to properly wash them. Do not touch your face. Do not shake hands, kiss or hug. Say hello Wakanda style if you must.
4. Avoid crowded spaces
If you are in a crowded space and must interact with others, stay away from people who are coughing and sneezing. Do not use a face mask unless you yourself are infected with the virus. It has been proven ineffective to those who are trying to avoid getting infected. Be aware of your respiratory hygiene. Respiratory hygiene/coughing etiquette entails infection prevention measures that we all must take to avoid the spread of viruses, like coughing and sneezing in your elbow or using tissue paper then carefully disposing it in a closed bin.
5. Don't panic
Panic breeds stress. Stress reduces your immune system. Do your part and spread awareness not fear. We all think better when we are calm.
Those were a few safety tips that can help you take precautionary measures against COVID-19 global pandemic. Stay informed by following World Health Organization (WHO) via social media.