Ways to Stay Healthy During Pandemic


Merlisse Palacios, Features Editor

The headline news about a deadly virus that began in Wuhan China in December of 2019 soon gave birth to a global pandemic. The virus is known as COVID-19 and has spread to various countries including the United States. As panic engulfs the nation, some people are beginning to worry and take precautions over what they can do to stay healthy. 

It is known that the current virus is easily transmittable and can be obtained through a cough, sneeze, or direct contact. Handshakes, hugs, or even touching the same door handle as an infected person can cause you to contract the coronavirus. 

With that in mind, people should learn what they can do in order to avoid contracting or passing on dangerous viral respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19. 

During this global pandemic it is recommended to wash your hands frequently. Washing frequently with water and soap is one of the most effective ways to help prevent the spread of the virus. Scrubbing all surfaces of the hands – including the back of hands, between fingers and under nails – for at least 20 seconds will help prevent the spread of the virus. 

Using proper sneezing and coughing manners is another way to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a flexed elbow or tissue is a great way to stop the spread of the virus. 

Avoid touching your face. It is important to not touch your face with dirty hands because germs can take up residence in your mucous membranes which can lead to infections. 

Another precaution you can take is to practice social distancing. Social distancing can help slow down the spread of highly contagious diseases, infections, or viruses like the coronavirus. It is important to keep away from large crowds or social gatherings. Try to avoid shaking hands, hugging or kissing people, sharing food, cups, and towels. It is also advised to keep away from someone who has a cold or flu-like symptoms. 

The habit of sanitizing common work or home surfaces can help reduce the spread of the virus. It is recommended to disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as electronic devices, doorknobs, light switches, handles, faucets, toilets, sinks, remote controls, cars, and other home or work surfaces. 

Although there has been no information that any foods prevent the coronavirus, the CDC informs that it is a respiratory illness. It is advised to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as healthy carbohydrates, proteins, dairy, and oils. 

Fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, grapes, oranges,  broccoli, kale, tomatoes, and red cabbage are all great sources of antioxidants. Whole grain versions of pasta, rice, or bread are also great for the body. Proteins like fish, beans, nuts, milk, eggs, and cheese also help keep the muscles and immune system strong. 

As this pandemic continues it is important for everyone to stay safe. We can all practice these methods to avoid the spread of this virus. We can overcome this if we all do our part.