The much-awaited winter spell is already around the corner, but sadly the COVID-19 infection rate is increasing alongside, taking a significant toll on health across the sphere. Though we are buzzing with uncertainty and questions about the vaccine development, paying extra attention and increasing the hygienic practice is the need of the hour to curtail the spread of COVID-19 infection. Also, drop in the environmental temperature heightens the risk of developing respiratory tract infections like common cold and flu. Hence, stringent measures should be in place to improve immunity and curb the spread of COVID-19 which has impacted the communities all over the world.
Does winter pose high risk for COVID-19 spread?
The behaviour of the new respiratory virus and the factors contributing to its spread are still uncovering. Though the contagion was spreading ferociously in summer as well, the season of winter gives it an extra edge. Let’s know why.
- People lock the doors and windows tight in winter which leads to stagnation of air. Incidences of COVID-19 are reported more with stagnant indoor environment.
- Winter brings a confrontation of flu season to an already flaring pandemic; both being respiratory diseases, the results are devastating.
- Winter gets tough for elderly and kids. If infected with COVID-19, the complication can become serious.
- Respiratory droplets are transmitted easily in indoor environment.
- Recurring infection with flu and other respiratory infections can decrease body’s immunity to fight off the most deadly Coronavirus.
Worry not! Awareness can bring preparations and you can glide through this winter hale and healthy with all the preventive measures in place.
Here are a few simple tips which you can follow to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy both mentally and physically. So, keep reading the post and protect everyone from illness this winter season!
Tips to protect you from coronavirus this winter:
According to the expert’s opinion, the chances of COVID-19 spread during the winter season may become worse. Adapting to a healthy lifestyle approach can guard us and the family against COVID-19 infection.
- Eat healthy and nutrient-dense foods every day. Include fresh fruits (citrus fruits), vegetables, green leafy veggies, whole grains, nuts and other dry fruits every day in your diet as it helps to fight viral infections and boost immunity naturally.
- Get exposure to natural sunlight every day. Boosting vitamin D levels is very important for musculoskeletal and the immune system which reduces the risk of complications.
- Everyone should wash hands often, avoid close contact, wear a mask, clean and disinfect the touched surfaces frequently, and monitor the health closely for any symptoms.
- Getting a flu vaccine will protect you from flu illness and hospitalization.
- Exercise regularly to boost immunity! Remaining active for at least 30 minutes a day is necessary for healthy functioning of the immune system.
- Practising yoga and meditation can strengthen lung muscles, promote cardiovascular health and improve your immune system. Yoga plays a significant role in the psycho-socio care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients. Well! Yoga also helps to allay fear and anxiety in individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 infection.
- If you are feeling ill, don’t skip to speak to the doctor as screenings are important to maintain overall health and protect yourself and your family from infection.
- Maintain your sleep-wake cycle. A good night’s sleep of eight hours is crucial to heal and repair the tissues in the body. So, this winter, tuck in eight hours and sleep tight to boost your immunity naturally.
- Getting cold is common during winter time. Go for a steam inhalation as it effectively reduces nasal congestion and pushes the mucus out of the lungs.
- Self- isolate and seek medical help immediately if you are feeling unwell or have mild symptoms like cold, fever, sore throat, nasal congestion or headache. Follow all the precautions as advised by the health department.
The viral threat this year is not the same as the previous years. Yes! Amid the pandemic season, there may be a rising concern on various winter health problems than usual along with the current COVID-19 infection. Also, changing lifestyle overnight is not an easy task. Taking possible measures helps to stay healthy and fit during the pandemic waves and the on-going challenging winter times. So, follow the above simple tips and keep yourself and the loved ones healthy. It also helps to boost your immune system not only during the wintertime, but also all year round!