Unless you’re living under a rock, you surely must be aware of the world wide shake up that the novel coronavirus has caused. So many lives lost. So many livelihoods lost. The numbers are increasing by the day as we speak.
As of today, there is no official vaccine or cure for the novel coronavirus. But yes, there are a few practices and measures you can adopt to avoid contracting COVID-19 infection.
Practice Social Distancing
The novel coronavirus is reported to be highly contagious. 80% of infected individuals do not show any signs or symptoms of infection. However, they are still capable of unknowingly infecting others.
You want to make sure that you do everything you can go avoid contact with potential carriers of the virus, to save yourself and your loved ones from infection.
Try to stay indoors as much as possible. If you have to go outside for buying essentials, maintain a minimum of 1 meter or 6 feet distance from others. Avoid handshakes altogether, go for the Indian Namaste or the regular Hi instead, when you greet someone.
Wear Protective Face Masks
Since the virus is also know to spread by droplets in the air, and is very easily transmissible from person-to-person, the basic level of protection you can have is wearing a face mask that covers your mouth and nose.
The novel corona virus may enter your system through basic entry points such as mouth, nose, eyes and ears. A face mask can act as an effective barrier for the virus to enter your system.
I personally prefer this N95 series face mask for my personal use since I am able to wear it for longer hours without any difficulty.
Clean, Sanitize, Repeat!
An alcohol based sanitizer is very effective in killing germs present on surfaces.
Rubbing your hands with a coin size drop of sanitizer can very effectively kill 99% of germs that may accumulate on them during the daily course of your day. Since we tend to touch our faces, ears, mouth and nose with our hands multiple times a day, it is very easy for germs to enter our system.
You can opt for an alcohol based sanitizer solution like the one I use from Himalaya Herbals, for super effective extermination of germs. In case you’re on the move, you can go for this easy to carry pack of 4 bottles of 60ml each for on the go germ protection.
Make sure to sanitize frequently touched surfaces – the back of your phone, your work desk, the door knobs at home and the like, regularly, like maybe thrice a day to prevent build up of germs.
Wash Your Hands Regularly
A simple 15-20 second hand wash with regular soap is pretty efficient in removing traces of germs from your hands, even coronavirus germs.
With the lockdown in full swing, you may notice that most stores have limited stock of essential goods. Yes, from my experience, sanitizers are also in short supply in neighborhood departmental and medical stores.
While you wait for your sanitizer to arrive from amazon or whatever online portal you love, it is a good idea to implement a regular hand wash routine, to protect yourself. Make it a habit to wash your hands before and after each meal for 20 seconds, thoroughly with soap.
Make wearing gloves a habit whenever you go out. A good pair of protective gloves helps you avoid coming in contact with potentially virus laden surfaces unknowingly.
Yes I know it is advised that we need to be indoors as much as we can, but I still have to go out to get groceries, refill my regular medicine stock and get essentials.
While supermarkets are trying their level best to maintain social distancing and are also sanitizing regularly, I make sure I’m never without my pair of gloves, whenever I visit. I found these rubber gloves best for my use since they are reusable and suitable for rough use.
Make an Immunity Boosting Drink!
When there is no vaccine or cure available, what can you do besides rely on your own immune system?
Its the perfect time to change your dietary habits- cut down on junk food, sugar spiked drinks and alcoholic beverages. Instead of grabbing a can of coke, why not cook up an easy-to-make herbal tea that is rich in antioxidants?
My all time favourite is the classic tulsi-adrak (ginger) tea with spicy cardamom bits, with no milk or sugar. A blog post on various home made immunity boosting drinks is in the pipeline and shall be up soon!
Easy-peasy right? Just a little discipline is all that is required to protect yourself against COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus.
Have any other tip to share? Did I miss out on something? Please do share in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you.