More than 200 million people have been affected by the Coronavirus worldwide, and more than 4.3 million people have died. Schools around the world have been shut down for various periods. The same goes for gyms, swimming pools and cinema halls. India was the first country to lift its complete lockdown from March 2020 through May 2020. This was in an effort to slowly revive the economy. Also, offices tried out the work-from home method. Housing societies have witnessed people staying indoors.
Newer COVID strains that could be more deadly are being discovered amid fears of a third wave. Health experts warn that the virus will continue to evolve.
If you suspect that you have a coronavirus-related infection, here are some guidelines to help you.
Housing.com reached Dr Gaurav Singh (Senior Medical Officer, Central Hospital and Central Coalfields Ltd) to provide medical advice to our readers. Quarantine should be sought for those who are not suffering from the symptoms, but were exposed to infected persons. This is not the same as self-isolation. This is only for people who are already ill. To prevent infection spreading to others, you should isolate yourself. A sick person should stay inside the house for 14 days and not travel outside. You can get medicines delivered to your home if you are suffering from symptoms. The length of the self-isolation period will vary depending on the severity of the illness.
Coronavirus infected family members must follow certain rules
"Minimum interaction, but it's not completely possible, especially if you live as a family," Dr Ratneshwar Prasad Singh is a Communicable Diseases Officer at Sadar Hospital in Chhapra. These families can benefit from his advice:
If the person is infected, only one member of the family should assist him/her.
Don't touch the used-clothes from such a patient with your hands. These should not be washed in the same washing machine as other family members.
Before and after you meet the infected person, use a sanitizer. If they touch you inadvertently, change your clothes.
If a member of the family is diagnosed with COVID-19 it is crucial that all family members quarantine themselves for 14 days. If you have symptoms, get tested immediately.
Disinfect all surfaces and items that are touched by infected persons. This includes tables, chairs, shelves and toilets as well as clothes, utensils and other items.
Keep your personal care products, such as soaps, shampoo, and towels, separate. If possible, do not share your bathrooms.
You can self-declare your condition to your neighbours or housing society so that no visitors are allowed during this period.
Coronavirus spread is prevented by setting rules for residents of the housing society
First, don't panic. Dr Gaurav says that if you keep your social circle intact, there are less chances of getting infected. The following steps are recommended for residents of housing societies who know about an infected person, or suspect case, near them:
Avoid contacting anyone with a history of traveling back from a corona affected region.
If you happen to come in contact with someone and you experience certain symptoms, you should quarantine yourself until you feel well and the lab results are positive.
To keep safe distance from others, avoid gatherings and congregations.
Depending on your state authority and the number of COVID-19-related cases being reported from a specific colony, town or settlement, the district administration might ask for the sealing of the area, prohibit vehicular movement, establish passive and active surveillance and designate isolated buildings. Do not hesitate to notify the authorities if you feel this is necessary.
Residents of housing societies are expected to prevent the spread of Coronavirus
Dr Nileena Koshy is an Additional Professor of Community Medicine at Government Medical College Manjeri in Kerala. She says, "A standstill is impossible but should be followed as much as possible."
Don't ostracise the affected family. It can be harassment and cause trauma to the entire family.
Don't hesitate to give any supplies or provisions to the family. Don't forget to leave it at the family's doorstep. Do not enter the premises.
Quarantine does not provide isolation. Keep in touch with your family via other media, such as WhatsApp and phone calls.
Respect their privacy.
The coronavirus can be controlled in countries where social-distancing is a common practice, like Singapore. India is a country where people love to get together and meet up. It's not as easy. Koshy says that although self-isolation and quarantine can be hard, they should not be ignored.
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Get more fruits and vegetables.
Whole grains are better than refined ones. Brown rice is better than white. Switch to whole-wheat pasta
Consider lean proteins such as poultry, fish and beans.
Reduce your intake of processed foods, sugar, salt, saturated fat, and other unhealthy food.
Flexibility is key to eating well, according to Joyce Meng, MD assistant professor at UConn Health's Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center. You can follow a strict diet plan if you prefer. It's okay if you don't like following a strict diet plan.
Tricia Montgomery (52), founder of K9 Fit Club knows firsthand the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Her favorite things are eating healthy food and making small, frequent meals. She says, "I don’t deny myself anything." "I still enjoy dessert, key lime pie, yum!" -- I love frozen gummy bears and moderation is the key.
Get regular checkups. Your doctor will keep track of your medical history so that you can stay healthy. If you are at high risk of osteoporosis (a condition that weakens bones), your doctor may recommend more vitamin D and calcium.
You may be recommended by your doctor to have screening tests done to monitor your health and detect conditions before they become serious.
Be open to communication. Meng said, "If you have any questions, ask your doctor." "Ensure you are satisfied with the information." Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about any medication or procedure.
It can be very detrimental to your health. It is impossible to avoid it all, but there are ways you can reduce the effects. Do not take on too many responsibilities. Set limits for yourself and others. It is okay to say no.
To relieve stress, try:
Talking to a friend or family member.
Develop healthy habits
You can prevent problems from coming your way tomorrow if you make the right decisions today.
Brush your teeth twice daily and floss each day.
Limit your alcohol. Limit your alcohol intake to 1 drink per day.
Take your medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Get better sleep. Try to sleep for at least 8 hours. Talk to your doctor if you are having trouble sleeping.
Keep out of direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Wear your seatbelt.
Meng suggests that you take time each day to invest in your own health.
Montgomery was able to see the benefits. Montgomery says that she has overcome health issues, is happy, and has a positive outlook. She says that her life has been forever transformed.