The Coronavirus Pandemic has been a part of our daily lives for several weeks now. The severity of this outbreak has hit all the corners of the world and has presented governments with dilemmas on how to keep citizens healthy. Some government authorities have issued strict guidelines for people to stay at home, not be in large crowds and work from home, if possible. Others have been less strict about the movement of people. Which course of action is correct? It’s a subject for debate, and regardless of which action a government selects, there are a number of measures that everyone should take to remain healthy during this outbreak.
All of the experts in containing and protecting people from the Coronavirus recommend certain actions. One of the most important actions is to thoroughly wash your hands often. You should take at least 20 seconds to wash your hands with soap and water. While handwashing has always played an important role in being healthy, it is particularly a valuable tool in fighting this virus.
While you always should wash your hands when they are dirty, after using the bathroom and if you touch anything that might contain germs, it is doubly important now. You should wash your hands with soap and water after coming in, after contacting something that came from the outside and really at any point. Washing too often is not a bad thing. What handwashing does is to remove any germs that may be on your hands. These are germs that potentially could be spread to others. This is the same philosophy that helps people stay safe from the flu or the common cold.
The Center for Disease Control have issued a number of recommendations on how to be safe during the Coronavirus Pandemic. One of the most important is to limit your contact with others. Reviewing past patients that have had the virus shows that many did not exhibit any symptoms. This means that they could have been spreading the virus without anyone knowing it. By following social distancing suggestions of being at least 6 feet from others, and by not being in larger crowds, you are limiting your exposure to the Coronavirus, as well as lowering the risk that you could be spreading it to others.
So how else can I remain healthy during this pandemic? Unfortunately, our lives have been turned upside down. The concert you wanted to see has been cancelled. The sporting event you were looking forward to has been cancelled. The 5k race I was looking forward to has been cancelled. And the gym that I normally go to has temporarily closed. So, what can we do?
While we are home, we don’t have to be couch potatoes! As the weather starts to get better, we are going to want to go outside more. While we should not interact with other people in crowds we can be outside a little more. Taking a walk is a great way to get exercise and get some fresh air. If you are a runner (yes, I am!), you certainly can run around your neighborhood to keep in shape. If you are missing your gym or yoga routines, you can do this in the comfort of your home. Many fitness experts have been doing online sessions either through their websites or social media. Do some searches and you will find what you need.
However, one of the most overlooked health issues is mental health. Being at home alone can be very difficult for people. To combat this, it is important to try and interact with people. Fortunately, with technology we can video conference with people, keep in touch via social media and make a phone call to friends and relatives. If you still have a problem or concern, please reach out to a mental health profession in your area.
These are difficult times, but if we work together, we will ride this out and look forward to the time when it is safe again. Stay healthy and well!