Many measures to prevent COVID-19 are no longer enforced in public settings. However, it is still possible to catch and spread this virus. And although some COVID-19 symptoms or cases may be mild or seem similar to the common cold, outcomes have proven to be serious and life-threatening in some people. Fortunately, there are several easy things you can do to keep yourself and others from getting sick.
Wash Your Hands
Hand washing is simple but very effective. You can use any soap you like. They all work as long as they are used properly. Make sure that you cover all parts of your hands with suds including your wrists. Count to twenty while washing, and be sure to wash the backs of your hands and under your fingernails. Dry hands thoroughly when you’re done.
Supplements May Help
Making sure that your body has the nutrients it needs to stay healthy can be challenging. Taking vitamins and minerals in a pill, gummy, capsule, or liquid form can help bridge that gap. According to National Institutes of Health, there are a few specific vitamins and minerals that may show promise in helping your body with COVID-19.
Magnesium can be found in many foods such as leafy greens, nuts, and legumes. It plays a crucial role in managing blood pressure and inflammation and may prevent COVID-19 infections from becoming life-threatening.
Vitamin D is found primarily in fatty fish. Many people make their own vitamin D in their skin when exposed to the sun. This nutrient correlates to your susceptibility to disease. It can decrease viral replication rates and contributes to the production of T cells, which fight pathogens. If you are already taking medications, be sure to ask your doctor or healthcare provider if it is safe for you to take additional supplements.
Viral particles are in tiny droplets of mucus or saliva that come out of our noses and mouths when we breathe, sing, talk, cough, and sneeze. And these droplets go everywhere. Reducing clutter and cleaning with a sanitizing solution or cleaning product will help keep those rogue viral particles in check.
Wear a Mask
Mask-wearing is a reliable way to protect yourself and others from many illnesses spread by respiratory droplets. If you believe that you will be near people in a setting with limited airflow, like many indoor spaces, it is wise to wear a mask. Additionally, if you have to go out while you are sick or suspect you are sick, wearing a mask will keep you from spreading illness to others.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) says the best thing to do if you don’t feel well is to stay home. Staying home allows you to rest and recuperate while limiting the spread of the virus to others. If you share a home with other people or family, try to stay in one room so that you don’t get sick.
Take Care of Yourself
Our bodies work best when they are healthy. That includes our immune system. It’s easy to become sleep deprived or forget to move our bodies. These are the kinds of things that weaken us and make us become sick easier. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep. Eat a varied diet so that you know you’re getting enough nutrients. Move your body in a way you enjoy to keep you strong and reduce stress