Health Tips: how to avoid getting infected with the Coronavirus

With the Coronavirus outbreak the topic of worldwide news headlines over the past few weeks I thought I would do a bit of research on the topic myself to maybe help shed some light.

The Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, the viruses cause respiratory infections which are typically mild including the common cold but rarer forms can be lethal. The viruses were first identified in the 1960s, but ultimately it is still relatively unclear where they actually originate from. 

Most Coronaviruses spread the same way other cold-causing viruses do, through infected people coughing and sneezing, by touching an infected person’s hands or face, or by touching objects that infected people have touched.

The symptoms of the Coronavirus are similar to any other upper respiratory infection, including a runny nose, coughing, sore throat, and sometimes a fever. In most cases, you won’t know whether you have a Coronavirus or a different cold-causing virus, such as Rhinovirus for example.

Feed your body with immune boosting foods

I suggest and recommend that feed your body some of the following immune boosting foods, to help keep your immune system strong:

  • Citrus Fruit
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Spinach
  • Greek or Bulgarian Yogurt
  • Turmeric
  • Green Tea
  • Papaya
  • Kiwi
  • Sunflower Seeds

Keep in mind that you don’t want to have more than the daily recommended amount of zinc in your diet. For adult men, it is recommended at 11mg and for women, it’s 8 mg. Too much zinc can actually inhibit immune system function. 

Variety is always the key to proper nutrition. Eating just one of the above recommended immune boosters will not be enough to help fight off the flu, even if you eat it constantly. Pay attention to serving sizes and recommended daily intake so that you don’t get too much of a single vitamin and too little of others.

A few suggested ways to try avoid the virus:

1. Wash your hands with soap and water to minimise your infection risk. The best way to prevent getting the Coronavirus is to wash your hands thoroughly, as often as possible.

2. Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. You may come into contact with the Coronavirus on a surface, like a door handle or counter top. When this happens, the germs can linger on your hands, so you can easily infect yourself if you touch your face with dirty hands. So essentially, try and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if you haven’t washed your hands in case the virus is on your skin.

3. Stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing. Since Coronavirus is a respiratory infection, coughing and sneezing are common symptoms. Additionally, coughing and sneezing both release the virus into the air, so they may increase your risk of infection. Keep your distance from people who appear to have symptoms of an upper respiratory infection.

4. Disinfect high-touch surfaces daily using a product that kills viruses. Unfortunately, Coronavirus can linger on surfaces. Use a spray disinfectant or bleach wipes to clean these surfaces daily. Make sure the surface stays wet for about 10 minutes so it effectively kills the virus. This limits the risk of the virus lingering on the surfaces and potentially causing. 

Photo by Ani Kolleshi on Unsplash

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