The coronavirus pandemic might have left you feeling out of control; first, your routine might have been disrupted, and the future might seem bleak. The health experts at the moment cannot even give a definite time when the pandemic will be over. Most countries at the moment have its citizens at home while others are easing the stay-at-home regulations. You might be concerned about how to stay healthy during coronavirus pandemic. Here are some survival tips during the corona crisis.
Stay At Home
Stay at home and only get out when necessary to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during the crisis. This is a method of reducing infection suitable for vulnerable people. However, this should not be a permanent solution; it is better if you stay at home until the situation gets better. You should work from home to reduce interacting with people on the commute and at work who could be infected by the coronavirus.
Wear a Mask
When visiting someone who is sick, wear a mask to reduce the chance of contracting the virus, N95 and surgical masks are proved to reduce the spread of the infection. Also, if one is sick, they should wear the mask in public or when in contact with other people to reduce passing the virus to healthy people. If you have a member of the family who is sick, they should practice self-quarantine if their condition is mild, but they should seek medical help if their condition is severe.
Sanitize Hands and Surfaces
Cleanliness can curb the spread of the coronavirus, ensure that you sanitize your hands with a certified store-bought sanitizer. Soap also can help disintegrate the fats on the surface of the virus, disabling and killing it. When you go out, avoid touching surfaces that might be the breeding ground for the virus. Sanitize your car and home surfaces, when you drive to the shopping malls, you might pick the virus. The virus might stick on the surface of the car, and therefore it is necessary to disinfect the car once you are back at home. Disinfect other home surfaces that are prone to the virus, which can be transferred from objects and other forms of indirect contact. This should be mandatory once you go out, especially if you have roommates or family members living with you.
Limit the Time You Go Out
Some countries are now opening up, but there is a high chance for a second wave of the virus, do not relax on the prevention measures. Do not make shopping trips your source of entertainment; you should limit the exposure by going shopping when necessary. Do your shopping swiftly and efficiently and go back home.
Avoid Shared Surfaces
Avoid using your finger-tips to touch things, push buttons, open doors, and pull levers; instead, use your knees, feet, elbow, and the knuckles. There is a high possibility of transmitting the infection by touching the mouth, eyes, or nose without your fingers. Use sleeves and sweater around handles of any doors you have to pull physically; it is easy to clean the clothes later than managing the virus on the skin.
Look for automatic sensors that allow the door to open without touching the knobs or pushing buttons. Most of the buildings have this type of doors that are designed for people with mobility issues, but during the corona crisis, it won’t be a crime if you use the doors too.
Watch where you put your phone, phones are germ spreaders ensure that you do not put them on contaminated surfaces. Go ahead and disinfect your phone using wipes after going out or using it in public. Always put the phone in the pocket; you don’t have to expose it on shared surfaces. Put your phone on a napkin on the surface if you have to place it on a shared surface at all times.
At a food store, use gloves to touch food; if you do not have a glove, use a supply bag as a glove to touch and inspect food. You might reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus, and you might encourage others to do so too. You should disinfect your groceries when you take it home from the grocery store.
Cover Your Sneezes
Cover your sneezes and coughs, use a tissue when sneezing or coughing, and dispose off the tissue later into a trash can. If you don’t have a napkin, you should sneeze on the elbow and not the hands. If you sneeze on the hands and you have the virus, you might pass the virus to your loved ones.
Avoid Handling Cash
Do not handle cash; you are at high risk of getting the virus if you handle cash. Although we know that the virus is passed from person to person, cash is a form of shared surface that can harbor the virus. Play it safe by paying for your goods via contactless payment methods. Some businesses have gone ahead to make it mandatory to pay via cashless methods, which reduce the possibility of passing the virus to customers and employees.
Exercise and Eat a Balanced Diet
Work on reducing anxiety and stress by exercising at home exercises releases hormones that promote happiness and positive mental well-being. Serotine and endorphins, which result from exercise, improves the immune response and promote good mood reducing the risk of depression and cognitive decline and thus delay the onset of dementia.
Eat a healthy diet that contains essential vitamins and oils that help the body fight the coronavirus. Always eat fruits such as lemons oranges and other citrus fruits that have lots of vitamin C to boost your immunity.
Check your body weight; excess weight is associated with high risks and the development of diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer, which are predisposing factors to coronavirus. Consistent exercise and a healthy diet can help you keep your body weight in check.
You can contract coronavirus if you don’t take precautionary measures when interacting with other people who might have the virus. Stay away from people as much as possible, choose to work from home if you are not an essential service provider. Sanitize the hands and shared surfaces to prevent the spread of the virus. By wearing a mask, you reduce the possibility of acquiring the infection and spreading it to others.