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Natural Ways to Prevent COVID-19

Published on Sep 03, 2020 and last reviewed on Oct 13, 2022   -  4 min read

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If you think you have been exposed to the new Coronavirus or that you have symptoms of the virus, it is advised to go and visit your doctor. It is important to follow isolation guidelines and to take appropriate conventional care along with the naturopathic approaches.

Natural Ways to Prevent COVID-19

The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) originated in Wuhan, China. Still, we lack information regarding the incubation period, rate of infection, or the animal source of the virus. If you have traveled to or from significantly affected areas in recent weeks or months, or if you have been in contact with someone who had symptoms of flu, you should consult your local health authorities.

What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  1. Common cold, which affects most individuals at some point or another in their lifetime.
  2. Running nose.
  3. Headache.
  4. Cough.
  5. Sore throat.
  6. High-grade fever.
  7. A general feeling of being unwell.

In compromised individuals, elder people, and those with compromised immunity or those who already have other health issues, the common coronaviruses can cause bronchitis or pneumonia in them. It starts with a common cold with fever, lethargy, cough, and difficulty in breathing. Later symptoms may include sore throat, nasal congestion, and swollen adenoids.

How Does the New Coronavirus Spread?

The progression of this coronavirus is rapid, which makes individuals very ill and may lead to death. Transmission or spread of coronaviruses are most commonly occur from direct contact between an infected person to healthy individual through:

  • Air while coughing and sneezing.
  • Close personal contact, such as touching infected parts or shaking hands.
  • Contact with an object or surface with the infection or virus on it and then again touching your mouth, nose, eyes, or face before washing your hands.

Travelers returning from areas significantly affected by the new coronavirus should monitor themselves for symptoms of respiratory ailments for 14 days.

Preventive Measures for COVID-19

Some basic steps to prevent exposure and exposing others to any virus, including SARS-CoV-2:

1) Hygiene -

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Liquid soap should be preferred.
  • Wash your hands properly with soap before preparing food and before eating anything.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, maybe they are infected with a deadly virus.

2) Cough Hygiene -

  • You should cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
  • After you cough or sneeze, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands properly with soap.
  • If you do not have tissue paper, it is better to cough into your shirt or cloth sleeve with a bent elbow; and not on your hands.
  • Always wash your hands with soap every time after coughing or sneezing.
  • Limit handling doorknobs, metal rods of buses, trains, lift buttons, biometrics at workplaces, and other public surfaces without gloves.
  • You can use washable or reusable gloves and so you can wash gloves daily.

3) Food Hygiene -

  • Uncooked meat should be avoided.
  • More emphasis should be given to a vegetarian diet.
  • Ensure that you use a properly clean cutting board for vegetables.
  • Avoid sharing water, food, or products, including glasses, plates, and cutleries.

4) Clean Surfaces -

Whether grocery shopping, flying, or when exposed to something new, try to clean as well as disinfect all objects and surfaces that you touch in day to day life.

5) Avoidance -

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or people with symptoms, because sick people though maybe because of other reasons may possess decreased immunity.
  • If you have a cold or flu or similar symptoms then stay at your home to limit your risk of spreading the infection to others and to support the healing process.
  • Avoid large crowds because the risk is high over there.
  • If going out is unavoidable, choose to wear a mask. Choose a mask that covers both your nose and mouth.

6) Stay Hydrated -

Ensure adequate hydration to assist the body in fighting infections.

7) Balanced Diet -

Emphasis should be given to balanced nutrition, including protein, vegetables, whole grains, etc. One should avoid or limit foods that contribute to the formation of mucous, for example, bread, dairy, yeast, and bananas. Restrict the usage of processed food and foods high in salt and sugar.

8) Spices -

Many spices, specifically warming spices have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Spices such as garlic, turmeric, clove, ginger, thyme, oregano, and sage can be added to teas and food. So, they are useful here to slow down the risk of getting an infection.

9) Sleep -

Ensure adequate sleep which helps to boost immunity. You will need more sleep when you have a cold and flu. So, sleep adequately and boost your immunity.

10) Stress Management -

Reduce and manage stress. Positive relationships possess reduced stress and are associated with stronger immunity and overall health.

11) Indoor Pollutants -

Have a check on indoor pollutants such as mold, as they can worsen conditions of lung-related illnesses.

12) Smoking -

Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke (passive smoking) can increase your susceptibility to lung-related illnesses.

13) Exercise -

We all know the fact that exercise makes us fit and increases immunity, so, moderate exercise enhances immune function and lowers the risk of respiratory infections and other infections. More vigorous or intensive exercise is best but avoided if someone is feeling unwell.

14) Natural Medicines -

The following are some natural medicines and other naturopathic approaches that enhance immunity while helping to create and maintain healthy mucous membrane tissue, which is essential to fend off viral infections.

There are some Botanical medicines known to help prevent flu and similar symptoms. This includes:

  1. Licorice root.
  2. North American ginseng.
  3. Elderberry.
  4. Echinacea.
  5. Garlic.

15) Nutritional Supplements -

Nutritional supplements can be taken for an optimal immune system function. These nutritional supplements include:

  1. Zinc.
  2. Selenium.
  3. Vitamin C.
  4. Probiotics.
  5. Seaweed extract.

16) Humidifier -

Use a humidifier as higher air humidity reduces the chances of virus survival rate and may well decrease transmission and spread.

Natural Remedies for COVID-19:

Some approaches that can be helpful and comforting during acute illness and help with recuperation are-

  1. Place 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salt in warm water and take a bath. This helps reduce inflammation and decreases muscle soreness and joint pain.
  2. A hot water bottle can also be used if the patient is chilly and sore.
  3. Vegetable broths will help replenish electrolytes and also have many other health benefits.
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Frequently Asked Questions


1.

What Is the Best Way to Prevent Covid-19?

Coronavirus or Covid-19 is an infectious disease caused by the virus SARS-COV-2.
The best ways to avoid the virus are as follows-
- Social isolation is proven to be the best method to prevent contracting the virus. 
- The booster doses that are followed by the covid vaccines are helpful in developing immunity against the virus. 
- Regular exercising and eating a healthy diet can maintain the overall health of a person and help develop a strong immune system.
- Other precautionary measures like avoiding crowded places, wearing masks, sanitizing hands, etc can help reduce the risk.

2.

What Are the Ways to Prevent Covid-19?

The following are the ways to prevent the spread of this condition-
- Covid-19 vaccines help to prevent the body from getting affected by the virus that causes Covid-19. Covid-19 vaccines do not treat the condition but they help to lower the risk of getting the virus. 
- If a person suspects or develops symptoms that match the symptoms of Covid-19, they should get tested immediately.
- If a person has been exposed to a Covid-19 infected person, they should isolate themselves and observe at least for one week to see signs of Covid-19. This will reduce the risk of spreading the virus to other people and family members. 
- The Covid-19 infected patient should get proper treatment for the condition. 
- Contact with any known Covid-19 infected person should be avoided until they recover completely.
- Wearing masks in public places and in hospitals also helps to reduce the risk of Covid-19.
- Proper sanitization and hygiene should be maintained. 
- Distance should be maintained with people in crowded places.

3.

Can Covid-19 Infect Everybody?

There are some people who might be affected by the virus but that does not mean they cannot get infected in the future. Some people have strong genetic immunity that lowers their chances of getting the virus. It is not that the virus cannot infect them, but rather that COVID-19 virus is attacked by their immune system and removed from their body even before any symptoms appear. Other factors like good social isolation can be the reason.

4.

How Long Can Covid-19 Stay in the Air?

Studies suggest that the coronavirus loses most of its ability to be transmitted from person to person twenty minutes after becoming airborne. These findings explain that close contact for a prolonged duration is indeed a factor for the highest risk of transmission.

5.

Can a Person Spread Covid Even After Testing Negative?

Yes, it is possible for a person to spread the virus even after they have tested negative. This is because the rapid tests done for Covid-19 are not reliable as they are unable to detect the low amount of the virus. A person can still have the symptoms of the virus but due to the amount of the virus being low, it can go undetected in the test.

6.

How to Not Get Covid-19 From an Infected Family Member?

The Covid-19 infected person, should be quarantined in a separate room. Proper protocols should be followed to not come in contact with that person. Hygiene and sanitization should be maintained properly in the house. Other family members should avoid touching their mouths and nose frequently and are advised to wash their hands more often.

7.

What a Person Should Not Do if Infected With Covid-19?

If a person is exposed to coronavirus, they should first get quarantined or get hospitalized according to their condition or as advised by a doctor. The following things need to be addressed if infected with coronavirus -
- The infected person should not come in contact with other people or family members.
- They should avoid touching their mouth and nose frequently.
- The virus should not be taken lightly even if the symptoms are mild. 
- The person should completely avoid unhealthy food and take a proper diet with medications prescribed by the doctor. 
- The medication prescribed by the doctor should not be stopped even after the symptoms have reduced. It can only be done after being consulted with the prescribing doctor.

8.

How Quickly Can Symptoms of the Omicron Variant of Covid-19 Appear?

The omicron variant of Covid-19 has a very short incubation period and the symptoms can appear three to four days after being exposed to this variant of the virus. The Omicron variant is known to be one of the dominant strains and it spreads more easily.

9.

Can a Person Be Immune to Coronavirus?

In numerous studies conducted, it has been found that there are some people who mount an extraordinarily powerful immune response against SARS-CoV-2. Scientists explained that the bodies of these people produce very high levels of antibodies, but they can also make antibodies with great flexibility meaning they are likely capable of fighting off the coronavirus variants circulating in the world.

10.

Can Covid-19 Be Removed From the Air?

In order to remove the virus from the air one can direct the airflow so that it does not blow directly from one person to another person and reduce the potential spread of droplets containing the infectious virus.

11.

Can a Person Have Covid-19 Without a Fever?

Fever is one of the most common symptoms of Covid-19 but it is possible for a person to be infected with the virus and not have a fever at all. The person might have other symptoms like cough, sore throat, etc. The symptoms of Covid-19 can differ from person to person.

12.

Is it Possible to Get Infected With Covid-19 Right After Having It?

 
For most people who are infected with the Covid-19 virus, whether or not they have symptoms, their bodies produce antibodies and fighter cells. For those patients who have recovered, the chances of reinfection with Covid-19 can be very low in the first three months after the initial infection.

13.

Can Covid-19 Become Worse?

The symptoms of Covid-19 disease can be mild in the initial stage, but they can become more intense after five to seven days. The patient can experience worsening cough and shortness of breath and some people can also develop pneumonia if the disease progresses.

14.

How to Reduce the Cough Formed Due to Covid-19?

Cough is a common symptom of Covid-19 and can be reduced by the use of medications like cough syrups and other cough suppressants like antitussives. Gargling with warm water or gargling liquids is also beneficial. The infected should also try to avoid cold and use warm drinking water.

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13 Oct 2022  -  4 min read

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