What kicked off as a mysterious infection with flu-like symptoms in China’s Wuhan City is now sweeping off the world and has already infected more than 450,000 lives. The outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 has taken the world by storm, so much so that the World Health Organization declared the virus as a Global Pandemic. With the increase in the cluster of cases across the globe, it’s time to shield ourselves and everyone around us with better hygiene practices, stronger immune systems, and staying prepared for the crisis that’s on its way.
In this battle against COVID-19, the entire world has come together to help their citizens and population in general with preventive measures in order to keep the virus at bay. But is it tapering off anytime soon? No! While some countries recorded tens of hundreds of cases, some are about to experience what we’d call a health catastrophe.
Considered to be the virus that’s going to chase all of us down, the only option we’ve got is to be prepared – physically and otherwise. While the conspiracy theories and the chatter across the globe continues, let us help you with remedies to prevent Coronavirus and what is essential during the hard times. Read on!
How To Stay Prepared For Coronavirus Outbreak?
While people are indulging in unbalanced commentary on almost all the social media platforms, it’s important to steer clear of fiction and believe in facts. COVID-19 has already affected almost 127 countries including India with total death tolls rising to more than 5000. China, Iran, and Italy have already implemented a nationwide lockdown and India is already half-way through it. Before the countrywide lockdown hits India, here is what you should do to keep yourselves and your families safe and stocked.
1. First Things First, Don’t Panic
Falling in the trap of the rumor mongers can only cause panic and anxiety amidst the mass. During this crucial time, what’s important is to isolate yourself from the rumors and only stay informed with the required knowledge about the Pandemic to bolster confidence to win the fight against COVID -19.
2. Increase Your Immunity
Boosting immunity is a must during this time of public health apocalypse. Eat foods that are rich in Vitamins C, B6, and E. Having oranges, kiwis, spinach, bell peppers, clove, strawberries, nuts, etc can help you build better immunity to tackle the virus from proliferation. Honestly, it’s the game of immunity that can break or make the virus.
3. Ramp Up The Hygiene Game
Seriously, be Bunty and wash your hands with soap for a good 20 seconds. The World Health Organization has advised the world to wash up as much as possible and stay clean, to sanitize our homes, and maintain regular hygiene. Keep alcohol-based sanitizers handy and wipe away germs as much as possible.
4. Isolate Yourself From Social Gathering
All you party animals, it’s time to lock yourselves in your home and spend some Me-time rediscovering the ‘you’ that you almost lost in the humdrum of daily chores. Go out a little less, explore great offers on online shopping to indulge in retail therapy if you please but don’t step out unless very necessary.
5. Don’t Touch Your Face
Whether it’s tucking your hair behind your hair or touching your face frequently while thinking, get rid of this habit now. To keep the virus at bay, you gotta keep your hands away from your face unless the hands are super clean. Be responsible and informed.
Practical Tips For Coronavirus Preparation & Prevention
The DO-s: What Should You Do During The Coronavirus Lockdown?
- Spend time with family
- Work on yourself – eat healthy; exercise daily (in your home), learn new things, enroll for free online courses, meditate
- Make arrangements for some instant food for kids and old people at home.
- Keep basic medicines like Paracetamol, Anti-allergics, etc handy at home to stay prepared when the pharmacy is shut
- Clean the faucets in your bathroom and kitchen, the door handles, the floor of the house with anti-bacterial cleaner
- Drink warm water as much as you can
- Wear a mask if you are around sick people
The DON’T-s: What Should You Not Do During The Coronavirus Outbreak
- Do not go out in public places – the lockdown happened for a reason
- Avoid shaking hands with people
- Do not go near people having flu – better safe than sorry
- Don’t go to work if you have any symptoms of the virus
- Do not spread social forwards that are not factual. Keeping a safe distance from rumor mongers who create a panic is the best decision
Prepare Well To Weather The Storm
Amidst the chaos, people are stocking up their homes with everything that they can possibly think of. Instead of losing your breath during this adversity, it’s time to maintain the calm and make a list of what you’d need at the wee-hours. Here’s what you should consider buying if you have kids, old people, pets, or sick people at home.
Non-Perishable Food Items – Purchase packets of skimmed milk, cereals, Maggi, ready to cook oats packets, etc to cure the hunger pangs when ordering food or going out to get something isn’t feasible.
First Aid Kit – It’s a good idea to keep a first-aid kit handy at home. In addition to the basic medicines, you should get your regular drugs if you are undergoing medication, some anti-allergic tablets, etc.
Baby Foods and Essentials – Whether it’s a medical crisis or an avalanche, keep baby food stocked up is mandatory. If you have an infant or a small child at home, keep packets of Cerelac, biscuits, and other baby foods ready at home before a nationwide shutdown is announced.
Pet Products – Your pets are a part of your family and it’s your duty to care for them during this hard time. Keep Pedigree, pet medicines, and other pet products at home so that your little ball of fur does not have to suffer.
Home Remedies To Boost Immunity
Not just the coronavirus but strong immunity can fight against almost all the diseases. Resort to dadima ke nuskhe (Grandmother’s Tips) to build up immunity that can not only keep you safe from COVID-19 but also from other viruses that keep creeping in every now and then.
Ginger, Tusli, Clove, Peppercorns Kadha – The magical properties of adrak, laung, kali mirch, tulsi ka kadha can help you in building strong immunity. This Ayurvedic home remedy to fight cold and cough can make you healthy and enhance metabolism.
Black Pepper and Honey – Mix black pepper powder with honey and have the mixture twice daily to keep your system immune to the seasonal virus.
Turmeric Milk – The anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric are not unknown to people. Boil a glass of milk and add 1tbsp turmeric along with some honey, ginger, and black pepper. Drink it every night.
Should You Self-Quarantine Yourself?
Quarantine is the new buzz-word and everyone is talking about going ‘self-quarantined’. What’s the fuss all about? Quarantine was first practiced in the 14th Century to keep the coastal cities safe from the threat of the Plague that was ongoing during the time.
In today’s time when the Coronavirus has hit the world, you should consider isolating yourself from people to stay safe. However, if you have recently returned from a COVID-19 infected country, you should self-quarantine yourself for 14 days and observe any symptoms for the infection. In case you’re affected by the virus, you will be moved to the special care quarantine stations by the government and medical departments.
India has recorded more than 130 positive cases of the Novel Coronavirus and the number is only spiraling up. So far, India experienced 3 fatalities due to the virus infection but it’s time to stop the crisis that’s approaching. With proper awareness and measures to combat the virus and its outbreak, we need to take the right actions, irrespective of the virus’s trajectory in the home country. It’s better to be safe than sorry and so, it’s our – the humanity’s – reliance on each other for keeping ourselves and our surroundings safe. Take measures to bat off the pandemic that’s engulfed the entire world. Stay strong and safe!