Updated: Mar 15, 2020
Unless you've been living under a rock the past few days, you are well aware of the scare related to the Coronavirus. First, please know it is okay to be scared. The Coronavirus is new and has the potential to be bigger than we know which can worry anyone. However, there is a difference between being mindful and taking precautions versus living in panic and fear. Some anxiety is okay, as it is manageable; however, when it develops into panic it can be overbearing and overwhelming.
The thing is, no one exactly knows what the outcome will be. So it’s important to remain calm, educate yourself, and take common precautions. To help ease fears and foster hope, we have created a list of recommendations to help stay healthy:
- Practice good hand hygiene. Soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds is best. Hand sanitizer is a good alternative when you don't have access to a sink.
- Limit your social interactions with others when possible, especially with large crowds.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Limit travel if at all possible.
- Thoroughly cook all meat and egg products.
- Cover your nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing with your elbow, NOT your hand.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Eat a healthy diet and take vitamins to maintain/boost your immune system.
If you do absolutely nothing else, please remember to remain calm and use your time wisely! Use this time social-distancing to emphasize on self-care and recharging yourself. Practice an old hobby, read a book, watch a movie at home, deep clean, de-clutter, reorganize a room, etc. Focusing on your health and overall self-care is always a great thing to do