Everyone is talking about the coronavirus. It is spreading like wildfire around the globe, and there is a sense of panic radiating in the air. Now it’s really easy to join in and get anxious about everything, because the topic is serious. However, I believe that it is important to keep a sense of calm. We need to be vigilant to protect ourselves and others, but we can do all this without getting panicky.
I’ve complied five simple ways that we can assist to help slow down the spread of the virus. All we can do is take these practical measures for ourselves, and advise others to do the same. The subject is an important one, and no one is negating that fact. I’m just trying to bring some positive and logical advice and that is, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Here are the five steps:
Not feeling well? Stay home.
It is better to stay home if you are not feeling well. You are protecting yourself and others from getting sick. When you are home, if you need medicine take it. Take your vitamins. Go to the doctor if you need to. Get tests done, take medicine if they prescribe it. Make sure you rest. Don’t do too much if you are feeling weak. It’s ok to rest, it will help your body heal faster.
Use protective germ-fighting practices
Wash your hands more often. Do it after you come home from anywhere, before you touch anything. Wash your hands before you eat. Wash your hands after using the bathroom. Just wash your hands. Don’t touch your face, or your eyes. Avoiding shaking hands with people. Cough into your elbow if need be, or into a Kleenex. Keep your home clean. Don’t stand too close to people. All that stuff that your mom taught you, make sure you do these things to the max.
Boost your immune system
This is where eating your fruits and veggies come in. This is where taking your vitamins come in. This is where drinking enough water comes in. Make sure you eat some soup and other things that have lots of nutrients. Try to make home-cooked meals and eat less junk food. Make sure you have the most important items in your pantry. Keep some dry goods in your pantry.
Stay positive-minded and stay informed
This is where your mental health comes in. Do not give in to panic. Stay positive-minded and think about what you are grateful for. Lean into your faith. It has been actually proven that this can help you get better, faster. It’s good to stay informed about what is happening around you, but it’s important to take some information with a grain of salt. Take time to relax your brain by watching a movie at home that makes you laugh. Take time to talk on the phone with people that matter to you.
Stock up on necessities
It’s good to have a 30-day supply of food, household supplies and medicine. This is only as a precaution. I think as a general rule, it is good to have a month’s supply of necessities all the time. If you have prescriptions, make sure they are filled. If you need cleaning supplies, make sure you have some for the month. You don’t need to go crazy over these, just enough so that you don’t have to go out when you are sick. It's important to be fair with supplies.
Overall, if these practices are used continually, this "preparedness" can become normal protocol that we use in our lives. We will get sick less often and we will be prepared. By doing this we can protect the most vulnerable. So just do your best and have faith. Like I said before, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
*This is only to give some practical advice.