Hi, friend! I truly hope everything is well on your side, with you, your friends and family, and you are among the lucky ones whom this terrible new type of virus (aka coronavirus) hadn’t affected. Some of the forecasts are really disappointing and I bet everyone out there nowadays asks him/herself: How to Prevent the Coronavirus?
In today’s post, I am going to give you 6 simple tips to boost your immune system without having to get out of your home.
Recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO)
This new type of coronavirus that causes the disease called COVID-19 has caused a unique situation.
It’s a real craziness what is going on in the world, people are dying like flies, everything had stop working, most of the people around the world are locked in their homes, a great deal of them had lost their jobs, and most importantly, nobody knows when this will have an end.
In my 40 years of life, I have heard about the avian flu, the swine flu, etc., there were also people who died from these, but I don’t remember any of the previous viruses to be so dangerous and difficult to control like this one, that the only way to stop the spread of the virus is to get all people around the world into total lockdown.
I am sure you have already heard a ton of times about these recommendations from WHO, these are nowadays everywhere, on TV, newspapers, over the internet, etc.
Taking into consideration the danger of this Coronavirus, I think it’s important to follow these recommendations, which are as follows:
#1. Wash Your Hands Regularly
Nowadays, it’s good to wash your hands with soap more frequently than you usually do this.
Since we are all in the lockdown now, my 3 years old little sweetie is at home with me and my wife, and we try to do all of the different activities together, like painting, reading and playing.
Thus, my daughter’s hands sometimes get very dirty because of her using paints for drawing, and she needs to wash them a hundred times per day 🙂
I am happy that she does that, and we are washing our hands together, just for fun.
Why is this needed? If a virus is present on the surface of the hands, treating the hands with an alcohol-containing product or washing them with soap will kill it.
#2. Keep Social Distance
Although we try to enjoy our time at home together, I must admit that it’s quite difficult to stay at home so much time because we are not allowed to go for a walk in the park, shopping center, or any other place.
Like many other people around the world, we get out from the house only when we need something from the store or chemistry.
During these short walks, we try to keep at least 1 meter away from people, especially if they have a cough, runny nose, or fever.
Why is this needed? Coughing or sneezing, a person with a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, spreads tiny drops containing the virus around him. If you are too close to such a person, you can get the virus by inhaling air.
#3. Follow the Rules of Respiratory Hygiene
When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a napkin or bend of your elbow.
Immediately throw the napkin into the garbage container with a lid and treat your hands with an alcohol-containing antiseptic or wash them with soap and water.
Why is this needed? Covering the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing helps prevent the spread of viruses and other pathogens.
If you cover your nose and mouth with your hand when coughing or sneezing, germs can fall on your hands, and then on objects or people you touch.
#4. If you have a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical help as soon as possible
If you have visited countries like China, America, or some of the European countries, or you have been in contact with someone who just returned from these countries, and had symptoms of respiratory illness, you should inform your healthcare provider.
Why is this needed? Fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing require immediate medical attention, as these symptoms can be caused by a respiratory infection or other serious illness.
Symptoms of respiratory damage in combination with fever can have a variety of reasons, among which, depending on the patient’s travel and contacts, there might be COVID-19.
#5. Keep an eye on the latest information about COVID-19 and follow the recommendations of medical specialists
Keep up with the latest information on COVID-19.
Follow the recommendations of specialists, central and local public health authorities, as well as the organization in which you work, to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why is this needed? Central and local health authorities have the most up-to-date information on the dynamics of COVID-19 in your region. They can provide the most appropriate personal protective measures for people in your area.
Pay Special Attention to Your Immune System
In the beginning, when Coronavirus only began to spread all around the world, it was known to affect mostly older people with some of the chronic diseases like diabetes, heart issues, etc.
However, and unfortunately, there were also deaths of young people and even kids.
The scientists from all around the world are nowadays throwing all of their forces and time to investigate Coronavirus.
Thus, Scientists from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, Australia, have conducted a study that the Financial Times magazine calls the most detailed of the existing ones on the subject of coronavirus.
The results of the study were published in the journal Nature Medicine and are encouraging about the ability of the human immune system to resist the virus.
Scientists investigated the case of a 47-year-old woman who contracted the virus after a trip to Wuhan, China, where the first cases were reported.
The woman was admitted to the emergency room in Melbourne four days after her symptoms started to appear (lethargy, sore throat, dry cough, chest pain, shortness of breath and fever).
Prior to this, the woman did not complain about her health.
During her stay in the hospital, the woman received neither antibiotics nor antiviral drugs. She did not need mechanical ventilation.
The only help she was given was the intravenous administration of fluid to maintain water balance in the body. Her blood was taken for research in four different periods during the illness.
As a result, the patient recovered after two weeks. According to one of the researchers, Oan Nguyen, at some point, scientists recorded the appearance of large populations of cells of the immune system, which is often a sign of recovery from seasonal flu.
The patient’s chest became clear 10 days after going to the hospital. On the 11th day, she was discharged to home quarantine.
Symptoms disappeared completely on the 13th day. Antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 continued to increase until the last, 20th day of the study.
How Immune System Works?
Our immune system consists of several organs, as follows:
1. Tonsils and adenoids.
2. Thymus gland – thymus.
3. Lymph nodes.
4. The spleen.
5. The appendix.
6. Peyet records in the intestine.
7. Bone marrow.
All of them produce or accumulate our main protective cells – lymphocytes (white blood cells).
As soon as the body is attacked by an infection, that is, pathogenic bacteria, microbes, viruses enter it, then the lymphocytes begin to produce antibodies.
These proteins are the weapons of our immunity – they attack the “invaders” and enter into battle with them.
If the immune system is healthy, the lymphocytes are strong and there are a lot of them, then the body leaves the fight as a winner.
Lymphocytes have an “immune memory.” This means that if the microbe already seen once by them enters the body again, lymphocytes already meet it with a large number of antibodies and win faster and easier. Vaccinations are based on this principle.
If lymphocytes are the guardians of our health in the blood, then their “colleagues” – macrophages, serve in the cells of the internal organs and their task is to immediately “arrest” bacteria that have fallen into the tissues.
What Makes Our Immune System Weak?
The main enemies of our immune system are:
#1. Colds and Infectious Diseases
It turns out a vicious circle – the more often a person catches a cold, the more his immune system suffers, and the worse the body’s immune response, the more often a person picks up an infection.
#2. Seasonal Hypovitaminosis
For example, lack of vitamins D and C in winter.
It’s not by accident that the Coronavirus started in the winter when our immune systems are weakened by the lack of sun and eventually other vitamins we might not take in sufficient amounts.
It is already a proved fact that with strong emotional and mental stress, not only increases the production of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, but also the production of the hormone acetylcholine, it is also called the “hormone of weakness”, which makes the immune system of the human body more vulnerable.
#4. Strict and Tough Diets
When you are following a tough diet with the aim to shake off a few kilos, you do no good to your organism rather than creating an imbalance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
I have always been an advocate of a well-balanced diet and nutrition, no matter what goal are you pursuing to attain.
#5. Alcohol and cigarette abuse.
#6. Illiterate intake of antibiotics.
How to Boost Your Immune System?
Alright, that sounds really great, but how do we actually increase the protective functions of our organism? Let’s go figure this out.
#1. Seek for Vitamin A & E
Carotenes (from which vitamin A and Vitamin E are synthesized) are the best protection for thymus cells (thymus gland).
The higher their concentration, the more successfully this organ is able to fight microorganisms.
The spleen also produces protective bodies and must be protected from harmful substances by antioxidants such as vitamins A and E.
Provitamin A is found in carrots, spinach, rosehip berries, vitamin E is rich in vegetable oils. It’s not by accident that the WHO recommends eating two tablespoons of olive oil per day.
#2. Drink More of Tomato Juice
Regular consumption of tomato juice increases the concentration of carotenes in all cells of the body.
As for vitamin E, its deficiency in the body is easy to overcome if you take a tablespoon of vegetable oil daily – in pure form or mixed in your favorite salads.
#3. Eat More Citrus Fruits and Apples
These are known for a good concentration of vitamin C and Iron.
#4. Add More Food that Contains Zinc & Selenium
Zinc and Selenium are other important elements that help you boost your immune system.
You’ll find a lot of it these in unrefined grain, brewer’s yeast, grain bread, beef, veal, turkey, garlic).
Recommended Read: What is the Best Multivitamin for Bodybuilding?
#5. Use More of Essential Oils
Use essential oils sprayed in the air to maintain local immunity in the respiratory ways.
Studies have shown that essential oils improve the condition of the mucosa, moisturize it, and increase the immune response.
It is important that some essential oils have antiviral and antibacterial effects. Such oils will also work as an antiseptic for air, if applied to a fabric surface or simply sprayed indoors.
Evaporating, essential oils will disinfect the air.
#6. Make Daily Walks Your Normal Routine
Daily walk at least 30-40 minutes, it’s that much time takes for the body to activate the cardiovascular and immune system.
I know it’s almost impossible to enjoy a good old walk in the fresh air with the lockdown we all have to go through.
It’s especially sad to stay at home when the spring weather is whispering so sweet.
But that is our reality and there is nothing we can do about it, to make things change we have only one solution: follow the specialists’ instructions and advice.
So, in order to still remain active physically, you can use a treadmill.
If you yet don’t have one, watch how resourceful someone could be during this time of quarantine:
During this weird time of isolation and quarantine we must find ways to work-out on our own…🤣😭💀pic.twitter.com/mmvAXWj6OM
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) March 17, 2020
It’s quite funny, although, I wouldn’t recommend you do the same because there is a lot of risk to fall down and hurt yourself.
As a last resort, open Youtube to follow a walk-at-home workout. Here is one that I have found:
Reduce the Burden on the Immune System
There is another side to prevention, which we all should remember.
When so many people around us are sick and infected, it is important not only to strengthen the immune system but also to reduce the number of contacts with infectious agents.
The fewer bacteria and viruses enter the body, the easier it will be for the immune system to defeat them.
That is why we are told to stay at home as much as possible, it’s for our common good.
Do not visit places where there are many people, if possible. Keep a distance of 1-1.5 m when meeting. Do not shake hands, do not kiss in greeting.
To reduce sputum on your face, if a sick person is near you, wear a mask in public transport, a store.
Before going outside, apply essential oils with antimicrobial and antiviral effects (peppermint, eucalyptus, kaeput, juniper, etc.) to clothes to disinfect the inhaled air.
Wipe your hands with an antiseptic after touching the intercom, elevator buttons, doors, handrails, phone. Do not touch your face while you are out.
Ventilate the apartment every 3-4 hours. Wipe off the dust. Humidify the air.
Wash your hands thoroughly when coming home. Do not forget to wipe the keys, bag. If you wear glasses, they must also be washed with soap and water.
Here you have it, my friend! I hope you have enjoyed reading this article and now you know a little bit more about How to Prevent the Coronavirus.
I don’t know about your country but we are going to live in quarantine at least one month from now.
If you have any questions, or just want to say Hi and tell how you are going through this situation, please leave a comment in the respective section below, I will be happy to hear from you!
Stay safe and I will talk to you within my next post.