For sure, we must all take steps to protect ourselves, our families and our communities. For a moment, let’s all take a deep breath, and think through the things we can do to avoid COVID-19. Follow these COVID-19 courses of action.
- Avoid anyone who is ill. That’s hard to do, but someone may be contagious before they have symptoms.
- Social distancing is hard to do. But, it’s the only strategy that can help us slow down the spread of COVID-19 and maintain public health. We all have to make smart decisions about functions we attend – public, family, large groups. In short, stay apart. And don’t be tempted to have kid playdates, parties or sleepovers. Also, sharing food is risky.
- Exercise and take walks/runs outside. But when you go outside, try to maintain at least six feet between you and non-family members. If you have kids, avoid public facilities like playgrounds. It is speculated that coronavirus can live on plastic and metal for several days, and these structures aren’t getting regularly cleaned.
- When you must go to the grocery store and other retail places, shop when they are less busy. Takeout meals are more risky than cooking at home. Support your local retail stores and restaurants by buying gift certificates online.
- Wash, wash, wash.
- If you know you are exposed, self quarantine including from your family members. You might feel fine, but be contagious. If you feel you need a coronavirus test, call your state’s Department of Public Health for instruction and testing locations. Things may change, but that’s your resource for now.
- Do everything you can to support your immune system. Your immune system is the key. The virus is moving quickly, so do what you can now. Read our easy and effective suggestions for getting healthier. These will also help with flu, colds and other diseases.
- Instead of living in fear, lets chose to focus on what we CAN do right now. Please keep in mind that fear and worry are the fastest way to weaken the immune system at a time we need to keep it up.
- Self check every morning. Take a deep breath and hold for more than 10 seconds. If there is no coughing, your lungs are clear. The lungs are the target of this virus. Corona virus produces a dry cough with no runny nose.
- Drink lots of water to keep your mouth and throat moist. If viruses get into your mouth, drinking liquids will wash them down into your stomach, where stomach acid is likely to kill them.
- Spread the word about these COVID-19 courses of action.
Quick Common Sense COVID-19 Courses of Action
- Rinse your nose. We typically breathe in viruses and other germs. For sure, wash your hands. But, also washing out your nose is very helpful. You can buy saline rinses at the drug store (spray and blow). Make your own with sterile water and salt (1 tsp per quart of water); sniff the water up your nose and then blow. Use a Neti por or the Neilmed. Google other recipes to make your own.
- Forget sugar (all varieties), flour products, and alcohol. You aren’t hearing much about this in the media. Flour turns into sugar very quickly. Alcohol turns into sugar. Studies show that eating or drinking 100 grams of sugar can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40 percent and the immune-suppressing effect of sugar can last up to 5 hours. It also lowers the concentration of vitamin C levels – we need this vitamin for optimal infection fighting.
- Use immune boosters. There is not a magic supplement for this. Certainly, increase your vitamin C intake. Several other suggestions are discussed in my recent article,
- Eat colorful vegetables and fruits. Throw in garlic and Italian herbs like oregano, thyme and rosemary. You can also use essential oils from these herbs
- Sleep more. Drink lots of water.
Learn about Viruses
Although these videos are not specifically about COVID-19, they explain in simple, straightforward ways general details about how germs spread, how your immune system works and how viruses jump from animals to people.
Ted.com has a lot of great information on a number of subjects. Look around and see that catches your interest.
How does your immune system work?
How do germs spread?
How mucus keeps us healthy
How do viruses just from animals to people
How do pandemics spread?