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How to strengthen your immunity system (best chance against) COVID-19 / coronavirus


A few months ago I was watching a documentary about Bill Gates where he was saying that the earth's population's biggest threat is not an asteroid, invasion nor climate change but a global epidemic. I have to admit that at that time I did not think much about it but seeing the news the latest weeks is making me more concerned. I do not believe there is time for panic (mortality rate is 0,6% reported from South Korea where there has been the highest (accurate) amount of testing) but we should try to stay vigilant and protect ourselves and our loved ones the best we could, especially if we have any elderly people in our family (or as friends) or people with compromised immunity. The experts on TV have been stressing that early diagnosis, protection of the elderly and compromised, avoiding large crowds and working on having our immunity system at top rate are the keys to battle this virus the best way on a global scale as only a strong immunity is the thing which will really keep the virus at bay in the long run and it will join the other coronaviruses as a common cold/flu (COVID-19 is said to be yet another zoonotic virus). If you are like me and feel a little overwhelmed about all the information, then I hope that this post will provide the first step of information.

*Information based on BBCs program Newsnight the 10th of March and information available from 11th March 2020 (this information provided with the information up till today, thigs can evolve rapidly and change as well, please stay updated). 

* All these tips are based on what I have collected by reading, from a nurse and common sense. I am not a doctor nor have I studied medicine, please keep this in mind while reading. This is to act as a simple collection of pieces of information into one place to give an easier overview and how to protect yourself and those around you better. If you have any questions, worries or symptoms call for medical advice immediately

*If your health practitioner or government tells you something else, then of course, please listen to them. 


Basic steps on how to protect yourself and others: 

Do not shake hands or kiss while greeting people as that is a way the virus can spread from person to person so easily. Not even the Royal Family shakes hands with people anymore (or they wear gloves) and Donald Trump supposedly has people sanitize his hands every time he touches or shakes hands with somebody (even when he tries to portray a different front-but I might be mistaken here of course but it seems to be accurate as he is a self-proclaimed germofobe).

Wash your hands - based on the recommendations one should wash their hands for a minimum time 20 seconds. This should involve scrubbing all the areas of your hands properly and washing it off thoroughly.

Cough into a tissue (which you dispose of) or into your elbow. Do not cough into your hand as the hand will most likely continue to spread the viruses around.

Cut your nails short as if you are contaminated with the virus it is extremely hard to properly clean the area under your nails.

Use gloves when you go out into high traffic areas to protect yourself - especially if you have no option of washing your hands when out and about. Hand sanitizers (with alcohol content over 60% should work well but it seems to be sold out in most places). It might sound quite extreme but it would really help in my opinion to prevent the large peak and minimizing overcrowding/overcapacity issues in hospitals.

Do not touch your eyes, mouth, ears, nose or face (I have found that wearing gloves helps this as one stops themself from touching the face with gloves subconsciously to first remove the gloves, which gives time to remember, that we should stop. If you touch your face, then wash your hands immediately. Also, this means, that you should not lick your fingers while eating.

Sleep more as good sleep is important. Your body recovers the best during your deep sleep and keeps your immunity in better state, too.

Eat healthily (fruits, vegetables, garlic) - depriving your body of important vitamins and minerals would make your immunity system less likely to fight off any type of threat to the system.

Take natural immunity-boosting supplements - I have been a long time fan of echinacea (a herb boosting your immunity, however, it was only aiding some and giving me constipation), but my best friend recommended me Source Naturals Wellness Formula and I have not looked back since. I do not know it is only a placebo but this little Award-Winning pill has helped me feel better in many situations and I have not developed an illness since. If you are interested I recommend you research the product for yourself but I recommend it to all my friends and family.

Exercise regularly (no not overdo it - consistency is key) To maintain your overall health (it really does affect everything from your lymph to your bones, to your heart and arteries and more) do some exercises from walking, skipping the rope, yoga, running, weight training or anything you enjoy.

Do not smoke as smoking is never a good idea. Expensive and unhealthy. Think about all you could do with the money you spend on cigarettes.

Minimize stress as much as possible as stress affects you in every way, even in your sleep and can compromise your immunity as well.

Avoid people who are unwell but provide assistance to them - you can bring items for them and leave it in front of their door so they have all the necessities and do not have to leave their home to compromise themself or others.

Pay with a card instead of cash - or if you work in service, propose that card payments are highly encouraged.

More professional protection: 

If you need to be in a place where practicing good hygiene is compromised and you would need to be surrounded by other people or you suspect that you might have the covid-19, then based what I have read is that one should try to stay protected in a mask with the filtration to be of the FFP3 grade which has a 99% filtration.
Also, keeping your hands clean with a hand sanitizer (with alcohol no less than 60%).

How to minimize exposure to the virus:

It is very important, that we try to minimize our exposure to the virus, even if the virus in unavoidable we need to keep everyone's chances of recovery as high as possible. We can make a big impact with delaying the infections as that can flatten the peak number of illnesses (even if your country has a low number today, it can change rapidly within 2 weeks) and significantly reduce deaths as the health care system will not be over their capacity that way. Chart for better understanding here.

Try to make online orders if possible and minimize unnecessary contact.

Instead of meetings try to hold video/call conferences. If your work allows, try to work from home.

Avoid large gatherings like concerts and sporting events.

If you are concerned, have any symptoms or have been in contact with a known to have COVID-19, please call to get advice and help from your medical system.

16 comments

  1. I decided to hide as much as possible in my house. Even though, I'm young I don't have the best health right now so I try to avoid as much as possible. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    xoxo Simone | https://beautymone.com

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    1. Hello Simone! Thank you for your comment. I am sorry you are not too well currently. :( I hope it gets better as soon
      as possible. Yes, if you can afford it, then it is highly encouraged to try to offset the peak as much as possible and stay safe.
      xx

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  2. These are wonderful tips. I notice I'm washing my hands a lot more often than before. Hope this virus ends soon.

    www.fashionradi.com

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. I am so happy to hear that you are washing your hands more
      as that really is one of the absolute best things one can do as far as I understand. I also hope all gets better as soon as possible and that all stay safe.
      xx

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  3. These tips are so timely! Be safe and healthy.

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

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    1. Thank you dear Alyssa, I hope they can provide some good ideas on how to protect ourself, loved ones but also in extension all vulnerable. Please, take good care of yourself and be mindful. Immunity and washing our hands is really the most powerful tool.
      xx

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  4. It is important that we do whatever we can to take care of ourselves. Even though we might not be truly affected by COVID, it is the elderly or those with health complications that we should worry about, since it can infect them. YESSSS ON ALL OF THESE TIPS!!! I tell people to be clean - and this is the reason for it!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Thank you dear Nancy! Yes, you are absolutely right,
      we need to protect the vulnerable the best we can in any way.
      Especially helping them with all they need.
      xx

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  5. These are great tips! Luckily I work from home and have less potential exposure. I'm definitely washing my hands more when I return from the store, gym, etc. Hope that the virus is contained soon!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  6. Hello Jill, thank you for your kind comment. I am so happy to hear that you can work from home
    as it is important that those who can, can stay indoors. Yes, washing our hands and not touching our face before washing our face
    is such an important thing to think about and to help the ones in need. Hope you are most well and thank you again for your kind comment.
    xx

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  7. We are our own worst enemy. It's been shocking and disgusting how bad human behaviour has been over this. Racism and the mass panic over TP and now food. I've never been too concerned for myself over this, but I have always felt for the elderly and vulnerable. I'm constantly visiting stores for work so I've seen first hand how panic sweeps through people. I remember walking into one store and everyone was civil. A small few pushing a trolley with their usual groceries and a single pack of TP. One lady came in and started freaking out, which in turn made everyone else in that store uneasy and follow suit, piling their trolleys and arms with packs of TP. It was madness. I really feel for the vulnerable. People who live paycheck to paycheck who can't afford to stockpile. And you have elderly with carers who can only make a trip to the store fortnightly. What are they going to do in this time? There's so many issues being brought up and it's scary to see how fast our world is coming crashing down. We have a major issue over here with casual workers and freelancers (I am actually both of these myself) who don't get sick pay or benefits. So what happens to us when we're forced into lockdown? Small businesses? Let's not forget hospitals too. It's scary times and yet with all this panic I selfishly wish people would react in this fashion when it comes to climate change. Because when that HITS you won't have time to stockpile TP.

    Sxx
    daringcoco.com

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    1. Dear Sonia, thank you for your long and amazing comment. I really do appreciate it. Yes, it is exactly how I feel myself. A huge anxiety for the vulnerable and elderly. We can do a lot by staying home by the masses in order not to spread it around. I can not even begin to think how people can be walking outside just for fun, getting it and passing it on someone who would perish just because of it. Most of us are healthy and young but we are responsible for our actions. Also, making sure all the vulnerable are taking care of, informed, entertained is so crucial! Think about all in your circle and also have your eyes open for those in need! This time really is the time to show what humanity is made of.
      xx

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  8. Totally love this tips! so glad that you can work from home
    xoxo
    style frontier

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    1. Thank you for your comment! Yes, it is good that the people who can stay at home and work from home will make the streets less full so the ones who need to go out are not in crowded places. I really do hope everybody is staying save and helping the less fortunate.
      xx

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  9. The news & social media coverage on this is crazy. I do start to feel overwhelmed, however, I also can't stop looking at the newest updates.

    The other thing, here in the UK we haven't really been given actual guidelines for what we are supposed to be doing. I go out and it's just like a normal day. Scary when other countries are on full lockdown and are not allowed to go out.


    Hayley || hayleyxmartin

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    1. Hello Hayley, yes, it is very scary indeed. Thank you for your comment. As I understand it it is important to protect ourself (even if we are not a risk group area) because we could still spread it (even with no symptoms) and give it to those who have a weaker immunity system or are elderly and risk their lives like that which would be so so terrible. I think the guidelines in the UK will change as well quite soon. Staying calm, washing hands, help the weaker and distance ourself from other people are really very strong and effective things we can do. Thanking of you and hope you will feel better soon.
      xx

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