The Covid19 outbreak caused by the corona virus has spread like wildfire across the globe and managed to put the entire world under lockdown. The past few months have been filled with nothing but news of this unprecedented crisis. The emphasis has constantly been on safety, precaution and prevention to flatten the rising curve of infected cases and fatalities. Let’s understand how we can avoid contamination at a personal level and protect ourselves by improving our hygiene, health and immunity.
What is Corona Virus
The corona virus disease (COVID-19) is a highly infectious disease caused by a novel virus that had not been previously identified in humans.
How Does Corona virus spread?
The new corona virus is transmitted through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.
What are the symptoms of Corona virus?
The corona virus causes flu-like symptoms such as a dry cough, shortness of breath and fever.
Who are at high risk for Corona virus?
The following people at risk have to take utmost care and the correct precautionary measures to prevent infection:
- Pregnant women
- The elderly
- People with chronic health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease
- Cancer patients
How can we stay safe and prevent further spread?
Here at the 5 preventive measures you need to follow to stay safe and healthy at home:
Maintain Personal Hygiene
It’s important to wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Sanitize your hands after coming in contact with commonly touched surfaces like a countertop or doorknob. Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth as these are the first entry-points for the virus. Keep your nails clean and cut. Avoid handshakes or hugs with outsiders. A Namaskar is the most hygienic, contactless gesture to greet your loved ones.
Eat Fresh, Healthy, Home-Cooked Meals
Enjoy freshly prepared, home-cooked meals. Eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes lots of green and colourful vegetables and fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and protein. Do not consume raw salads and opt for lightly steamed vegetable salads instead. Have clear soups or rich soups with beetroot, carrot, pumpkin and herbs. Stay hydrated with lots of fluids such as coconut water, kokum, lemonade or turmeric milk. Add immunity-boosting and healing spices and herbs like mint, coriander, pepper, clove, cinnamon, turmeric and black salt to your preparations.
Exercise & Practise Deep Breathing
Stay active, dance, run, take up yoga, meditate and practise breathing exercises (pranayam) to strengthen your immune system, improve your physical fitness, boost your blood circulation and de-stress your mind. Stay positive and do not panic or overthink.
Keep Your Home & Surroundings Clean
You may have heard the adage, ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’. A clean home is a reflection of great health and wealth. Keep your home, surroundings, society, community and country beautiful and clean.
Boost Your Immunity Naturally
According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, the best way to prevent any disease is by building one’s immunity! Some of the Ayurvedic medicinal preparations to boost your immune system naturally are Mahasudarshan kadha, Suvarna kalpa, Pippali kalp, Chyavanprash, Tribhuvan Kirti rasa and Laxmi Vilas rasa. Follow the dosage as per your age and the vaidya’s advice only.
It’s easy to lead a healthy and happy life, even in times of the covid19 pandemic, with a prevention-oriented, personalised wellness approach. MiBoSo is the first-of-its-kind preventive and curative wellness platform for your mind, body and soul. The app brings you the power of Ayurveda and modern technology for personalised consultation from vaidyas, nutritionists and yoga coaches in the comfort of your home. You can get a guided daily routine focusing on your diet, exercise, stress management, Ayurvedic medicines and sleep schedule to boost your immunity and keep your mind and body healthy and fit.
Mrs. Shruti Prashant Kulkarni
B.Sc. (Foods & Nutrition), M.Sc. (Public Health)
Clinical Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator & Counsellor, Ph.D. scholar
Research & Product Domain Expert (Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd)
Chief Nutrition Counsellor (Germany)
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