As we near the end of flu season, another respiratory illness, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is making its appearance. Did you know Coronaviruses have been around for some time?
Most of them are actually the causes of most cases of the common cold. However, unlike the flu vaccine, there is currently no coronavirus vaccine available.
Although, several pharmaceutical companies are currently working on a vaccine. According to news reports, a vaccine should be available within the next several months.
What are the Symptoms of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
Most people who get the coronavirus usually experience symptoms 2 – 14 days exposure. These symptoms include shortness of breath, fever and cough. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has caused more health issues among the elderly and already sick individuals.
15 ½ Steps to Keep Safe from the COVID-19 Coronavirus
1st Line of Defense from the Coronavirus
#1: Wash hands frequently.
Wash your hands whenever you return to your home or office after going out. The CDC recommends washing for at least 20 seconds, ensuring to wash under your fingernails. Check out the book The Family Pandemic Survival Handbook: Easy Step-By-Step Survival Guide For You and Your Family.
#2: Elbow coughs or tissues.
Use your elbow or a tissue if you have to cough or sneeze. This will help to reduce the chance of any moisture droplets from your body to spread into the room or others. In other words, be diligent and cover your mouth.
#3: Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
Touching your face may lead to you accidently introducing the virus to your body. Also, if you’re preparing food for others, make sure to wash your hands several times while cooking.
#4: Clean your keyboard, mobile phone and door handles often.
Simply use a sanitizing wipe to clean surfaces around you. Wipe your office desk, your phone, your computer keyboard, steering wheel, etc. These areas may hold germs.
#5: Use hand sanitizer often.
In addition to using warm water and soap to wash your hands, use hand sanitizers often. Also, when shopping use sanitizing to quickly wipe the shopping cart.
#6: Don’t share.
Keep your personal items to yourself. These include towels, linens, glasses, plates and utensils. Also, change your bed linings at least twice a week, if not more.
Boost Your Immune System
#7: Get enough sleep.
Sleep is when your body is rejuvenating itself from the stress of the day. Make sure you are getting enough rest and sleep.
#8: Boost your immune system with supplements.
Consider taking a daily multi-vitamin and vitamin C. Also, consider drinking tart cherry. The reason is one ounce of tart cherry juice concentrate, used to make cherry juice, delivers over 12,000 ORAC units.
That’s right, Montmorency tart cherry juice is pack full of free radial fighting ORAC units to help to fight off the cell damaging effect of free radicals and keep your body healthy.
ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is a way of testing and measuring the antioxidant capabilities of food. Nutritionists recommend that adults get 5,000 – 8,000 ORAC units per day. ORAC units are achieved by consuming antioxidant-rich foods.
One ounce of cherry juice concentrate mixed with 7 ounces of water delivers almost 200% of the daily recommended ORAC value.
#9: Increase your intake of high antioxidant foods.
Food like fruits and veggies are high in antioxidants which help to boost your immune system naturally. Consider adding fruits like blueberries, grapefruits and no-added sugar dried cherries.
Veggies like broccoli, tomatoes and sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach and kale. This are all packed full of antioxidants.
#10: Lay off of the sugar.
Sugary foods and drinks can have a negative effect on your body’s immune system. Break free from the sugar habit by eating more antioxidant fruits and veggies.
Keep germs out of your home and office
#11: Use regular disinfectants throughout your office and home.
Simply clean doorknobs, faucets, toilet handles, computer keyboard, mobile home and tv remote control.
#12: Use disinfectant sprays.
Visit the CDC website to learn about the recommend products to combat COVID-19.
What to do while in public.
#13: Stay home when sick.
If you or any of your family members are sick, feel sick, please stay home. This will help to prevent spreading disease and sickness to others.
#14: Avoid large groups.
Many schools, university, music concerts and other public events are cancelling or shutting down to avoid spreading the virus. Make wise decisions about when, where and what time you go out. Also, the best time to go shopping is mid-morning and mid-afternoon. These are the times when the stores usually have less customers, while restocking the shelves from the previous day.
#15: Carry extra supplies.
Consider taking extra tissues, paper towels and cleaning supplies when you go to school or work
#15 ½: Sanitize and sanitize some more.
Take sanitizer wipe with you while you go out. Use it frequently. Wipe shopping cart handles, gas pump handles, or wear gloves, wipe your steering wheel and door handles.
Finally, remain calm. This coronavirus issue will ultimately pass, so keep up with the news, but remain calm.