Coronavirus is here, Now what? (COVID-19)
COVID-19, aka Coronavirus, is here and based on the current trend more people are likely to be infected. That could be you or me, not just strangers on social media. According to the Center for Disease Control, existing data shows that COVID-19 is most fatal to those over the age of 85 with their fatality rate ranging between 10-27%, followed by 3-11% for those between the age of 65-84, 1-3% for those between the age of 55-64 years old, and finally under 1% for those between 20-54 years old. The good news is COVID-19 is not a death sentence , and we can help prevent the rise of infections. If you are following formal sources of news and even informal sources of information like social media, by now you are aware of what precautions you are supposed to take to safeguard against the infection both for yourself and your community. If you are a hoarder, you have probably already stocked up for the coming months. However, COVID-19 is highly contagious and in as much as we take precautions, we must also mentally and physically prepare to handle its effect on us either directly or indirectly. New polls by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) indicate that the corona virus pandemic is greatly impacting the mental well-being of Americans, with the majority feeling anxious about themselves or loved ones. Despite this, little is being highlighted about mental and physical preparation in terms of emotional well-being, physical well-being, as well as food and nutrition either before, during or after the infection. It might be advisable to reasonably stock up on items that can help boost your immune system and shield you further from catching the disease or help fight the infection if you happen to catch it. Some mental and light physical exercises have been known to put people in a better position to fight diseases generally or boost mental strength when dealing with difficult situations.
Here are some essential items we might want in the coming months:
Stay in a Clean Environment - wash and disinfect your surroundings.
Build Your Immune Muscles
Try and eat food that boosts your immune system, rich in Vitamins C, D, and Zinc. The following foods should feature in your diet: oranges, bell peppers, broccoli, kale, kiwis, tomatoes, strawberries, etc. Remember to add tuna, salmon, sardines, egg yolk and mushrooms. If you can’t find these foods then consider supplements instead.
Drink Up! Increase your liquid intake, whether its pure water or juices or concoctions made at home. Lemon, Ginger, Honey is highly recommended as your first drink in the morning before breakfast.
Nourish Your Respiratory System Practice deep abdominal breathing in open-air at least once a day for about 5 minutes. Do a light exercise at least once a day for 10 -15 minutes. The idea here is not to lose weight, it’s just to avoid immobility.
Let go of things that don’t matter - Asad Meah