The coronavirus disease (COVID-19), one of seven types of coronavirus, is a contagious respiratory illness that is rapidly spreading around the world through person-to-person contact. First reported in Wuhan City, China in December 2019, it has already taken a deadly toll and brought many challenges to our lives. While most coronaviruses are not so dangerous, the chances of severe disease due to COVID-19 are very high.
The novel coronavirus has turned almost everything in our lives upside down – it has affected the education sector, entertainment industry, our day-to-day routines, art logistics sphere, small businesses, and many more. Unfortunately, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for the coronavirus COVID-19. However, there are some simple steps that can help you prevent the disease and protect yourself and others.
4 Coronavirus Tips, or How to Stay Healthy
- Stay active
It is extremely important not to forget about your physical activity and take short active breaks during the day. Besides stay-at-home fitness, you may dance, play with kids, do the cleaning, plant flowers, etc. There are plenty of online exercise classes, most of which are free of charge and can be easily found on YouTube. Even walking on the spot or standing up can help you remain active. In other words, there are enough possibilities to stay active even at home, without special equipment and within limited space.
- Maintain mental health
The outbreak of the coronavirus disease may cause a lot of stress for people. Do not allow the disease to overwhelm you with fear and anxiety or cause strong emotions. Constant reports about the pandemic can make anyone feel worried, so try to take a break from watching, reading, or listening to the news and do something else. Use this time to take care of your body, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, stretch, and meditate. Consume healthy and natural food, try new cuisines, and cook interesting dishes. Try to do some other activities you enjoy, such as visiting online galleries and museums, playing your favorite video games, watching inspiring films, listening to upbeat music, etc. Divide some time to enjoy yourself and simply unwind!
- Keep social
A lot of people are alone right now, but we do not have to be lonely. Stay connected and engaged with people you trust, tell them about your concerns, ask them how they are feeling, and share your own experience. There are myriad of messengers (Facebook Messenger, Skype, WhatsApp, etc.) that can help you stay in touch with others without face-to-face visits. You may also use online forums and chat groups to communicate with your family and loved ones.
- Stick to the healthy diet
While there is no diet that can prevent or cure the coronavirus, following a healthy and balanced diet is still important. It supports our immune systems, stimulates growth and development, and helps us ensure healthier and more active lives. Include in your meals high-fiber starchy carbohydrates, such as brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, or potatoes with skins. Eat fruits and vegetables every day, whether they are fresh, canned, dried, frozen, or juiced. Do not forget about fish, as it is a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Try to cut down on food that contains saturated fats (cakes, biscuits, pies, butter, etc.) and choose unsaturated fats instead.
It is not a secret that the dramatic rise in positive COVID-19 cases causes fear and panic among the people. Remember, your body is not able to fight the disease when you are under daily stress. Follow these tips, and you will come out of this lockdown safe and healthy!