Preventing an infection is better than treating and curing a disease. This is the best method of dealing with COVID-19, which is a highly contagious disease. The newer strains of mutated virus spreads faster than the original strain. It is also more virulent (severe) than the earlier strain. All this means you are better off keeping yourself safe from the virus than searching for treatment later.
Tips to prevent COVID infection
COVID infection may be all around you, but you will be glad that there are many factors that are completely in your control, which will help you greatly reduce your risk of infection. Here’s what you can do to stay safe.
Get vaccinated. According to the Government policy, get vaccinated at your turn. This is the best way to keep you safe from severe infection. Vaccines increase your immunity and make you better prepared to fight the infection better. Even if you do get infected, you will not get severe symptoms, may not require hospitalization and you will recover quicker.
Stay inside. You can do this by staying at home. Don’t go out unless it is absolutely necessary. When you have to go out of your home, take all precautions and avoid crowds. Finish your work quickly and get back home immediately.
Wash hands. COVID as you know by now is transmitted to your nose and mouth by your hands. Be sure to was your hands frequently, especially after touching surfaces that are touched by other people, handling money or groceries etc. If you cannot wash hands immediately with soap, use a hand sanitizer to sanitize your hands thoroughly.
Wear a mask. Medical mask or cloth mask, it doesn’t matter, as long as you wear one. If you are going to a high-risk place such as a hospital, market etc. where there are bound to be many people, wear double masks. Wear a medical mask and top it with a cloth mask for additional protection.
Maintain distance. When you meet people or when you go out, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others. Avoid crowded places and wait your turn to maintain order and distance.
Meet virtually. No matter how close, keep people you love at a distance. It is safer for you and for them. Avoid personal meetings. Opt for video calls etc. to keep in touch with family and friends. But keep in touch as this will relieve your boredom and stress and help you stay positive and cheerful.
Stay away from infection. COVID is not a disease that allows you to visit the sick. If someone you know is sick with COVID, even if it is just a mild infection requiring home isolation, do not visit them with fruits. You could fall sick or carry the infection from them to others in your home. Stay away from them. Call them up and talk to them whenever they can. Keep in touch with them to show your support and to cheer them up, but don’t visit them.
Adopt a healthy diet. You will remember the food your mother or your grandmother cooked for you. Just adopt this healthy home cooked diet which is naturally filled with the right amounts of minerals, vitamins, proteins, fats and carbohydrates. This will help strengthen your immune system so you are better prepared to fight off COVID infection.
Follow these steps and no matter what, try to stay in a positive frame of mind. It will keep you mentally, physically and emotionally balanced so that you can ride out this pandemic and emerge out of it prepared for a better future.
If you feel sick or feel you may have been exposed to COVID, talk to your doctor and follow his/ her instructions.
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