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Tips To Prepare For Coronavirus
By now, you and virtually everyone around you have probably heard of the COVID-19 virus, or Coronavirus. This virus has been spreading across the world, originating from Wuhan, China. Coronavirus is one that can spread from person to person through physical contact or close proximity. It is a respiratory illness that is likely contracted through respiratory droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze, or through a person touching a surface that was also touched by an infected person and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. This illness is one that originated from an animal, but has since been affecting humans. When an animal disease crosses over and starts affecting humans, it is called a zoonotic disease.
Now, all of this might sound a little alarming, but we’re here to help you find ways to fight back against this virus and ensure that you do not get infected. Today, we’re going to teach you how to prepare for coronavirus.
If you didn’t already know, there is currently no cure for the coronavirus. Since there is no cure, the best thing we can do to avoid infection is through these preventative actions:
- Stock Up On Prescriptions – If you are someone that is already dealing with some medical issues, it could be beneficial to stock up on your prescription medications ahead of time. If this is possible, it could save you some unnecessary trips to the pharmacy.
- Cold Medicines – If you aren’t sick already or dealing with some health issues, best to stock up on cold medicines ahead of time. These will help you better manage any sort of symptoms you may get from the virus or a common cold.
- Disinfectants – Be sure to stock up on disinfectants as well. This will help disinfect your home and keep the virus out.
- Wash Hands Frequently – This is easily one of the best ways to avoid being infected with the coronavirus. Washing your hands frequently can help you avoid contamination and keep your immune system intact. As we mentioned previously, the virus can be contracted through physical touch (physical contact with an infected person, contact with an object that was touched by an infected person, and touching eyes, mouth, or nose after coming into contact with the virus). Washing your hands for 20-30 seconds with soap and hot water can help clean your hands. Avoid touching your face as much as possible.
- Drink Water – Another great way to help nourish and strengthen your immune system is by drinking water. Consuming somewhere around 2 liters, or half a gallon, is the best practice for someone to follow. Water can help flush out toxins or anything that might harm the body (i.e. sicknesses). Staying hydrated is a great way to take care of your immune system and avoid long-term illness.
- Eat Healthily – One of the worst things you can do during an epidemic like this is to consume food that does not nourish your body. Sure, McDonald’s and Taco Bell may sound good, but is it healthy, nutritional, or beneficial towards your health? Clearly not. It’s important to eat foods that help you achieve your daily vitamins and minerals. Try and cook at home as much as possible. This can help you not only nourish your body, but prevent your body from being exposed to food contamination as well.
- Get Plenty of Vitamin C – This is easily one of the most essential vitamins you need during a time like this. Vitamin C supports your immune system in many ways. Without it, immune systems weaken and eventually crumble, leading to sickness and long-term health concerns. Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) stimulates the production of white blood cells, which are responsible for protecting your body against viruses, diseases, and foreign invaders. You can get Vitamin C from citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits or vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. You can also buy Vitamin C supplements that come in tablet forms.
- Exercise Regularly – One of the best ways to build up your immunity to this virus is through regular exercise. The coronavirus is a respiratory illness, meaning it affects your cardiovascular health. This means that people with poor respiratory health, such as elderly folks or adolescents, are especially susceptible to this virus. If you are able to exercise frequently and build up cardiovascular health, this could help your immune system fight back against the virus.
- Don’t Be Afraid To Seek Medical Care – If you are starting to get symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately. The thought of contracting the virus can be scary, but there have been many cases of recovery, so it’s important to catch the virus early if you have contracted it. If you have minor symptoms and simply feel unwell, we advise that you stay home, hydrate, and get plenty of rest. If symptoms worsen, seek medical intervention as soon as possible. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Stock Up On Food & Water – The virus is a concern, but it’s still in the early stages of contamination. Right now, there is no cause for pandemic alarm, but it wouldn’t hurt to stock up on food and water in case things get any worse. There’s no need to do “doomsday” shopping, but maybe do a little extra next time you’re at the store. This is simply for the worst-case scenario, which is highly unlikely.
If you are able to follow these steps, there shouldn’t be too much cause for concern when it comes to the coronavirus. Yes, this virus is spreading at an alarming rate, but we would be amiss if we didn’t mention the fact that the flu is far more dangerous. To give you perspective on this, the coronavirus has infected 92,000 people worldwide and has killed more than 3,000. The flu, on the other hand, infects 1 billion people worldwide and has killed more than 600,000 each year. The statistics don’t lie, the flu is clearly a far more alarming virus. However, we still insist that you follow these tips we’ve shared today because research is still being done on this virus. Unlike the flu, there is no treatment, medications, or vaccines for it.