It’s been almost a year since initial reports of a deadly virus being spread rapidly surfaced.
By the looks of it, the virus is not going to show any respite any time soon.
Even if by some miracle, we do get a vaccine tomorrow, it will be a long-long time before it reaches the common man.
So, until then, it is our responsibility to stay safe while ensuring safety of others around us as well.
With all that said, it is officially winter season now. The flu season. It is that season when it is easier for infections and diseases like Influenza to spread between people.
Factors like these, combined with COVID-19 can create more deadly consequences and cripple our already weak healthcare system.
To put it simply, there is a possibility of a ‘Twindemic’.
Now, add to this, many experts are anticipating a second wave of COVID-19 any time soon.
This makes it all the more important to be extra cautious, at least until summer or the vaccine arrives.
We understand that this blog article might ring the alarm bells in your head, however, this is not to create panic, but to create awareness and save precious lives.
So, without further ado, let’s look at the 7 important precautionary steps you need to take to stay safe from COVID-19 during this winter.
1. Wear a mask
As the days pass, more and more people have started fearing the virus lesser. The same attitude can be seen in the abidance of wearing masks, especially in a crowded place.
We cannot stress more when we request you all to wear masks at all times.
Now, wearing a mask will definitely not stop contracting COVID-9, however, it is definitely going to reduce your risk of either contracting or spreading it.
Do remember to cover your mouth and nose while wearing the mask.
2. Follow strict hygiene
COVID-19 or not, it has always been important to maintain good hygiene. It is just that the pandemic has given us an extra reason to ensure it.
Good hygiene includes washing your hands regularly, especially before eating food and also to ensure that your surroundings are clean.
Apart from personal and general hygiene, it is also important that you follow public etiquette like refraining from spitting in public.
3. Keep distance
As the winter gets chillier and chillier, we will be forced to spend most of our time indoors. So, it is important that you avoid closed or crowded places as much as you can.
The risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 increases more in poorly ventilated places.
In this case, wearing a mask is very important to minimize the risks. Irrespective of that fact, ensure that you are maintaining at least 6-feet distance from others as a precautionary step.
4. Be cautious
No matter how safe you try to remain or how many ever preventive steps you take, you might still get sick. It may not be COVID-19, but it is always best to recognize the symptoms and go into quarantine soon.
Contact your healthcare provider as soon as you find any symptoms. It might be cold, dry eyes, diarrhea, rashes, dry cough, fever, fatigue, or anything related to a common cold or other viral diseases, just be cautious of your symptoms and health status.
5. Eat balanced and nutritious foods
Now, foods that are known to improve immunity have become a rage. Yes, eating those foods will definitely do more good for your body. However, immunity-boosting foods or not, It is always important that along with those foods, you need to have balanced and nutrition-rich foods.
There is no point in eating immunity-boosting foods and going back to the junk as it will only cancel each of those effects.
You might have already seen this coming from a distance. Well, it is that obvious only because it is so beneficial in maintaining overall health and immunity.
An exercise need not be a 2-3 hour-long session of pumping iron at the gym, it can be something as simple as a brisk walk, yoga, playing explosive sports like badminton or football, or something as simple yet effective as doing the pranayama (breathing exercises).
Whichever it is, make sure you are active at least for 20 minutes every day.
7. Be there for someone in need
The quarantine season brings with it a lot of isolation and loneliness. While it is important that you need to take care of your mental health as much as you do for your physical health, it is also important that you be there for someone who is in need.
It might be your friend or someone you know who is staying alone and is unable to get to his/her loved ones. Stay in contact with your friends, family, and loved ones constantly with the help of the magical technology.