With the recent outbreak of the novel respiratory illness Coronavirus, fear is spreading just as quickly over the web and through social media. Now, that’s the virus starting to spread to Europe and more countries in Asia, here are some tips to protect yourself against the infection.
How to protect yourself from the coronavirus.
The coronavirus is spread through the respiratory vapor, such as when someone sneezes or coughs into the air around you. Influenza viruses and common cold viruses are also spread this way. While coronavirus can be severe, everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. You may come into contact with the coronavirus on a surface, like a doorknob or a countertop. When this happens, the germs can linger on your hands, so you can easily infect yourself if you touch your face with dirty hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth in case the virus is on your skin. If you need to touch your face, wash your hands first, so you’re less likely to infect yourself.
- Try to stay away from the crowded area or enclosed space with many people. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially people exhibiting respiratory symptoms and fever.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Try not to worry too much if you’re not truly at risk. Myths about coronavirus have spread on social media, sometimes causing unnecessary fear. It’s helpful to fact-check your sources before making any decisions.
The above tips are preventive measures that prevent you from becoming in contact with the virus. But it is also a great idea to boost your immune system in case you do get the virus. A strong immune system will also give your body a fighting chance to prevent the attack from the virus. And in the worst-case scenario that you become sick, a strong immune system will help your body recover faster.
How to boost the immune system
The best way to improve your immune system is to follow a healthy lifestyle:
- Exercise regularly, start with moderate exercise. You also need to be aware of the fact that you could actually hurt your immune system if you don’t give your body enough rest.
- Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables, and research shows that diet like whole food plant-based diet significantly boosts your immune system.
- Get enough sleep.
- Reduce stress