Covid-19, also known as novel coronavirus has brought a lot of turmoil all across the world in early 2020 itself. It has been declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Amidst the pandemic of coronavirus, which has taken thousands of lives globally has become a serious threat to the millions of people living in India. Millions of people are grappling with the threat this disease is posing to humanity. However, we can prevent ourselves from this threat if we follow some preventive measures and proper hygiene in our home and around us. In this global pandemic, cleanliness and social distancing are the only two big weapons we have to use against coronavirus. Moreover, by intaking proper diet and supplements, you can boost your immune system to combat flu and virus attacks.
What is Covid-19 aka Coronavirus?
According to the WHO, “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus”. It came to light in December when China informed the World Health Organisation about the pneumonia-like disease caused by unknown reasons in the Wuhan City of China. Soon, it spread all across the world and declared as a global pandemic by WHO. The Virus is named as SARS-Cov-2 and the disease as Covid-19 popularly known as Coronavirus.
How it spreads?
WHO states that the coronavirus spreads primarily through the droplets of saliva and discharges from the nose when the infected person sneezes or coughs. It spreads by coming in physical contact with the person infected with the Covid-19. Moreover, this virus can also spread through the objects used by the infected person. Therefore, it is advised that the infected person must cover their face to limit the spread of Covid-19. You can use any N-95 mask to cover your face to prevent yourself from virus infection. Elderly people and people with past medical history (especially related to diabetes, cardiovascular, and respiratory disease) are more prone to this disease.
WHO has mentioned in their guidelines that the Covid-19 Virus affects different people in different ways. It mainly hampers the respiratory system, and the infected person may develop mild symptoms of cough and fever. The common symptoms of Covid-19 are:
- Dry cough
Additional Symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath
- Aches and pains
- Sore throat
- And very few people will report diarrhoea, nausea, or a runny nose.
If you are facing any of these symptoms mentioned above, then distance yourself from people around you and visit the doctor immediately. Even if you haven’t developed any of the symptoms before-mentioned and you are feeling unwell then kindly self-isolate yourself as a precautionary measure.
Basic Preventive measures as per WHO
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Maintain at least 1-meter distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your face including eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Stay home if you feel unwell and practice self-quarantine.
- Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
- Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.
The above-mentioned are the basic relevant information that every person know about the Coronavirus. I tried to incorporate as much information from relevant sources about its symptoms and preventive measures. It has been observed by the doctors and scientists that the SARS-Cov-2 virus attacks the immunity system in our body. Doctors have recommended that the intake of nutrient-rich food and supplements will improve our immune system to make it strong enough to combat Covid-19.
Home Remedies to Boost Immune System Against Corona Virus
So, this article is purely aimed to provide you with relevant information about the global pandemic. Here, I will not only provide you with the important tips and habits to improve your immune system, but I will also tell you about the vegetables and fruits you can include in your diet to prevent yourself from the coronavirus.
This is the foremost important thing for all of us. Water is nectar for all living organisms on our earth. To stay hydrated, you should drink 8-10 glasses of water every day. Water keeps our body hydrated and maintains the PH level. It also removes all the toxins from our body and decreases the chances of getting any viral infection or flu.
Citrus Fruits are rich in Vitamin C which boosts the immune system in our body. Vitamin C increases the production of white blood cells (WBC). Lemon is one of the largest sources of Vitamin C. Intake of lemon water maintains the nutrient level in our body. Lemon water penetrates deeply in your body and helps in carrying essential nutrients and components.
Common Citrus Fruits are:
Regular Exercise and Yoga
The regular practice of Yoga and physical exercise improves the stamina and helps in releasing toxins out of the body. The morning exercise would be a good start of your great day. Since due to Covid-19 we are restricted in our home but you can practice indoor exercises and Yoga asanas. There are several video tutorials, YouTube channels and apps which help you in practicing yoga asanas and indoor exercises. You can watch the video linked below to know the the yoga you can practice to boost you immune system and stamina.
Avoid Smoking and alcohol
It has been proved from various researches that smoking and consumption of alcohol are hazardous to our body. It weakens our respiratory systems and immune system. This increases the chances of flu and viral infection in our body.
Eat Green leafy Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables are the best source of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients required for our body. Vegetables like Broccoli and Spinach are rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants, fibers, Vitamin A and E. These two are the healthiest vegetables that you can include in your daily meal.
Many of you know about the benefits of cucumber juice and its medicinal properties. You can consume cucumber in many ways. Either you can consume it raw, with salad, or you can also have cucumber juice. It has high anti-fever compounds and also rejuvenates our body.
Herbal tea has a beneficial medicinal property which protects us from influenza and other frequently occurring diseases. Tea leaves are abundant in polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechin. Catechin has higher anti-influenza virus effects and protects us from influenza infection and epidemics.
Apart from this, you can also include garlic, ginger, papaya, beans, honey, and turmeric in your diet. It will protect your body from all infections, flu, and diseases.
These are some of the things that you can include in your daily diet and routine to prevent yourself from the Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, you are also advised to practice social distancing and maintain hygiene to combat coronavirus. If any symptoms persist, immediately visit your nearest doctor.
I hope this article will help you a bit in preventing you and your dear ones in this Covid-19 pandemic. Stay indoor, maintain distancing, eat healthy food, cover your face with mask, and follow basic hygiene protocol.