To say we are in a weird position right now would be an understatement. Businesses are closing up for the time being, people being sent home to work remotely, and unfortunately, there are many homes in a panic as to what's next. The Coronavirus has seemed to turn our nation upside down and dropped us on our heads – the DOW would tell us that’s an accurate statement. In this article, I want to lay down some strategies to help prevent you and your family from getting the virus. While these strategies aren’t a definite for defending against Coronavirus (and should be strategies you’re already aware of), it will definitely help put you in a better position to keep it away.
1. Wash Your Hands Regularly
I feel weird even stating this strategy as it’s something we should all be doing anyway, but then again, look at how many people walk out of the bathroom without washing their hands. So, I guess it needs to be reinforced. Regardless of if you have been touching other people or are out and about around town, get in the habit of randomly washing your hands throughout the day. This can help lower the likelihood of you getting the Coronavirus. If you aren’t around a bathroom to wash your hands, carry some hand sanitizer around with you (a little bottle will do, you don’t need the gigantic family size in your pocket).
2. Stay Away from Crowded Locations
Right now, the media is pushing the fact that we should practice social distancing. If you need groceries, go get them (or order them online to be delivered). But if you wanted to go shopping somewhere (that's still open), it would be a good idea to skip it for the time being. There's no reason to risk putting yourself in the middle of a group that could potentially be carrying the Coronavirus. It would be like putting yourself in the show The Walking Dead and trying to navigate through “The Walkers.”
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3. Use Caution When Around People
Unless you are going to turn into a hermit and never leave your home, you’re going to come in contact with other people in your community – even neighbors. Now, I’m not going to say you should give them the stink-eye when they get near you but keep a little distance. You don’t need to be going up and shaking hands or hugging everyone you see. Skip the handshakes for the time being and a friendly wave will do for a hello. Sure, you can small talk with people, but I'd keep a little distance between you and the other individual. If you can smell their breath, you're too close and in range of potentially catching the Coronavirus if they are carrying it. Remember, people don't need to be showing symptoms to be carrying and transmitting the virus.
4. Focus on Boosting Your Immune System
If you want to stay healthy (in general), you are going to want to focus on immunity. Take your multivitamin, vitamin C, and make sure you are eating colorful fruits and vegetables that are loaded with helpful antioxidants. Something else most don’t consider a great strategy to boost immunity is to get enough sleep. Make sure you are getting the recommended minimum of seven hours every night. Finding ways to reduce stress is also a great way to keep your immune system functioning optimally. This could be through reading, meditation, or you can kill two birds with one stone by exercising regularly.
Matt Weik, owner of Weik Fitness, LLC, is a well-respected fitness expert/author with a global following. His work has been featured all over the globe as well as having published more than a dozen books. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer, and sports nutritionist. Find out more at www.weikfitness.com.