The coronavirus (COVID-19) which has been making the news for more than a month now, has finally hit a lot of countries.
Governments have imposed curfews and requested the citizens to stay in. This means, all public places such as gyms, swimming pools, parks, restaurants, and even schools, colleges and offices are closed until further notice.
Whether you have been following the news diligently or not, much has been already shared over social media and other channels about the benefits of social distancing in this time of distress.
With countries on lockdown, you are forced to stay at home and work from home. And, with so much information about staying at home being floated, it can be confusing as to which precautions are absolutely necessary and which ones are creating unnecessary panic.
Here’s our short guide on the absolute necessary precautions to be taken at home:
- No need to wear a mask if you are at home: You need to wear a mask only when dealing with a patient who is COVID-19 positive. If no one at your home is affected, avoid wearing a mask indoors.
- Wash hands regularly: Do remember to keep washing your hands frequently after each task. This way you will ensure your hands are neat even if you touch your face. If you are starting to feel that your hands are getting rougher due to frequent washing, apply a good moisturiser before you go to bed.
- Sanitize after interacting with outsiders: You may be getting your groceries and essentials delivered at home or handing over garbage to the municipality workers. Make sure to sanitize doorbells, handles and latches for added protection.
- Clean, but avoid overdoing it: This is the time to stay at home and keep it neat and tidy. However, avoid blowing dust and debris that’s been accumulating for months. Extra dust in the home can lead to allergies and thereby, an unnecessary trip to the doctor. Dusting should be especially avoided if you have elderly members at home.
- Boost your immunity: Consume Vitamin-C rich foods that will boost your immunity. If you don’t have access to fresh fruits, get a Vitamin-C supplement from a medical store. The traditional method of consuming haldi or turmeric with warm milk can also be tried before bed.
- Exercise: What can be better than exercising to boost your immunity? Keep an active schedule and complete daily household chores. If possible, make a list of to-dos and include some time of walking around the house.