The word “corona” has been making rounds on the internet, and unfortunately, it is scary. The “Novel Coronavirus,” aka “2019-nCoV,” is believed to have originated in the wet markets of Wuhan, China, and has quickly caught the attention of the World Health Organization. Media, whether offline or online, has been filling us about the ill-effects it is causing to people along with the rising death tolls in countries like Iran, Italy, China, and several others.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Coronavirus can cause symptoms ranging from common cold, fever, cough, shortness of breath to severe forms of pneumonia, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) and even death.
How does the virus spread?
Typically, the virus spreads when a person comes in close contact with an infected person, or by the respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. COVID-19 can also be spread when a person comes in contact with surfaces or objects that have the virus on it, and then touches their own mouth, nose or eyes without washing their hands.
Who is at a Major Risk?
Ageing causes several health complications, since infection-fighting cells in the body, otherwise known as WBC (white blood cells) reduce over a period of time. This leads to reduced resistance to pathogens and lower immunity, making seniors more susceptible to severe illnesses. Additionally, chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes can also reduce the bodies’ effectiveness in naturally responding to the virus and leave them more vulnerable to infections
What are the Best Ways to Protect Yourself from COVID-19?
1. Social Distancing – Avoid physical interactions with people and staying away from crowded places. Older and chronically ill people, those most vulnerable to severe illness, need to stay quarantined at home because the virus poses a higher risk to them.
2. Seek Medical Care Early – If you or someone you know is showing symptoms like cough, fever, or difficulty in breathing, visit a doctor as soon as possible.If you are a senior with a history of pneumonia or have symptoms of pneumonia, you need to report to your doctor for necessary tests.
3. Stay Informed and Updated – Keep a check on Coronavirus updates in your locality. Avoid parts of the city that have confirmed cases of the disease. Gather information through reliable sources like the World Health Organization (and not WhatsApp videos).
4. Practice Food Safety – Have separate cutting boards for meat and vegetables and clean them regularly with soap. Cook meat products thoroughly cooked because the heat kills any germs that may be present.
5. Wash Your Hands Frequently – There is no cure for COVID-19 yet. But the best way to counter the disease, for now, is to wash your hands with soap regularly. Wash hands before eating, after sneezing, or coughing, and after coming in contact with someone who shows symptoms. You may also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
6. Add Copper to your Daily Life – Research states that the virus remains active for several hours on certain surfaces, but only for about 4 hours on copper surfaces. It is believed that drinking water from copper bottles has various health benefits like:
• Promoting healthy digestion
• Helping your body to recover faster
• Slowing down the ageing process
• Supporting the immunity system
• Promoting a healthy heart
7. Boost your Immunity – A good immune system means higher chances of recovery even if the disease has been contracted. Consume a healthy, nutritious diet with essential vitamins and minerals. For added support, you may consume dietary supplements which help boost immunity.
To protect yourself from this deadly virus it is important to take all the precautionary steps mentioned above. For more information on how to keep your loved ones protected, visit https://www.seniority.in/covid-19-clp.
(Article authored by Seniority co-founders, Ayush Agrawal and Tapan Mishra)