11 Ways to Stay Healthy During a Major Pandemic
As of, much of the world is currently in lockdown or some form of quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While things may look grim, the world today is much better equipped with the knowledge and the technology to deal with these events. Thankfully, there is also now a widespread consensus on which things you can do to help keep yourself healthy amidst this crisis.
Here’s what the experts say:
1.) Avoid touching surfaces in public spaces
Contaminated surfaces are the most common pathways for the transmission of the flu and coronaviruses such as the one responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, essential public fixtures such as shopping carts, ATM keypads, door handles, commuter train handrails, and public touchscreens can be vectors for disease during epidemics and pandemics. Even during normal times, the surfaces of these everyday objects can be teeming with harmful microbes, waiting for someone careless to touch them and rub them into their eyes or mouth.
Using Ghluv™ offers a discreet way to minimize contact with microbes that may be on public surfaces. Simply wear your Ghluv™ on your wrist as recommended and pull it over your hand when you need to touch potentially contaminated surfaces. Ghluv™ anti-microbial barrier employs HeiQ’s NPJ03 technology, which is proven in tests to destroy and inhibit microbes on the textile surface.
2.) Sanitize frequently-touched objects.
While Ghluv™ offers a barrier between you and germs, washing your hands frequently and sanitizing frequently-touched surfaces in your home and workplace with disinfectant wipes are still the best ways to avoid catching diseases from germs like the coronavirus. Be sure to pay attention to frequently touched objects in your home, such as light switches, door and fridge handles, TV remote controls and computer accessories.
3.) Avoid fake news
There are a lot of fake news articles circulating that can be potentially dangerous if believed. Be skeptical about claims of miracle cures or unusual preventative measures aimed at combating COVID-19 or other diseases. At best, they may give you a false sense of security. At worst, they could be harmful or even fatal. Be sure to compare any unusual claims with the CDC’s recommendations and available scientific data.
4.) Don’t share items with sick household members
If you have someone living in your home who is infected with COVID-19 or a similar transmissible illness, it’s important to keep their utensils, clothes, towels, bedding, and other everyday items separate and sanitized. Make sure both you and the infected member of your household avoid close contact. As much as possible, the infected should stay in a separate bedroom while they recover.
5.) Avoid leaving your home
In cases of serious epidemics and pandemics, it may be prudent to avoid leaving your home, regardless of recommendations from official advisories. Every time you leave your home during these periods, you are exposing yourself, your family, and the greater community to an elevated risk of illness. Make sure every trip you take is essential and does not put the community at risk. It may also be helpful to pre-plan your trip to limit the time you might be exposed to pathogens outside.
6.) Prepare before a crisis hits
If you are reading this after the COVID-19 pandemic, the best time to prepare is now. The worst possible time to stock up on supplies is when a catastrophe is actually occurring. Not only will supplies be scarce and more expensive, but you may also be increasing your exposure to pathogens simply by leaving your home to get needed supplies.
If you foresee a serious emergency, there are plenty of prepper communities out there that will share recommended “best practices” depending on the context.
7.) Don’t forget to disinfect your car
Your car can be a serious vector for transmissible diseases like COVID-19. It’s important to regularly sanitize frequently-touched surfaces, including your steering wheel, dashboard, touchscreens, control panels, and gearshift. Make sure that any passengers also sanitize surfaces they touch. Using a Ghluv™ while you drive can also help keep you safer by cutting down the germ contact through contaminated surfaces in your car.
8.) Practice “physical distancing”
Notice we didn’t use “social distancing”, as it’s important to remain social with friends and family, albeit through technology. Avoiding physical contact with people who are not part of your household, however, is incredibly crucial not just for your safety, but for that of our loved ones and our communities as well. Try to remain the recommended 6-foot distance away from other people whenever possible and apply the same guidelines should a household member get infected.
9.) Don’t neglect your nutrition
Eating healthy is more important than ever during pandemics, as this can have a direct effect on our immune system’s ability to combat harmful bacteria and viruses. Make sure to stock up on healthy staples such as canned, dried, frozen, or preserved fruits and vegetables and to include recommended portions of these in your meal plans. Consider taking multivitamins during this period as well if you’re not confident in your ability to prepare balanced meals.
10.) Don’t get stressed if you’re not doing things perfectly
We understand that these are extremely challenging times we live in. It’s not always possible for everyone to avoid leaving their homes or to meticulously disinfect every single thing they come in contact with. While those actions are ideal, it’s important to remember that we can only mitigate the risk of infection, not eliminate it.
It would be virtually impossible to guarantee that one doesn’t get sick from something without severely disrupting their life. However, we must recognize the risks and do our best to avoid them, not just for our safety, but for everyone else’s as well. So long as you’re doing the best you can and continuously learning how to do better, chances are you will be fine.
11.) Take care of your mental health
Experiencing depression and anxiety due to events that are beyond our control is normal and most of us will have experienced them in the COVID-19 pandemic to some degree.
While these are mental conditions, it’s important to realize that they can cause our bodies to feel physically unwell. As much as possible we should do what we can to stay mentally healthy. This will help us remain productive, make the right decisions, and feel great despite what’s happening outside.
Much has been said about mental health and devoting time to hobbies and virtual socialization. While those are important, it’s also necessary to limit the things that can cause our mental health to suffer. Temporarily disconnecting from the news and learning to ignore things we clearly cannot control can also be good strategies for maintaining mental health through the worst periods of a pandemic.
We hope that you found these tips useful. Be sure to stay connected to learn more about Ghluv™ (visit www.ghluv.com) as well as other ideas on how to protect yourself.