16 Mar Staying Safe From COVID-19: 3 Helpful Ways to Help Prevent Infection
With travel restrictions, canceled NBA games, and local school closings, it can be understandably overwhelming to try to figure out what to do during the spread of the coronavirus. Despite a certain level of uncertainty, however, there are some ways to keep you and your family safe at this time.
While it’s possible that you or a loved one may still contract the virus, there are ways to make that less likely. At the Hendrick Wellness Center, your McAllen chiropractors want to help our community stay safe, so we’ve collected some information on the virus and the best ways to avoid it.
Wash Your Hands!
Tried-and-true, washing your hands well and often is one of the best ways to keep yourself safe during this pandemic. Be sure to wash thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap, and avoid touching your face and mouth if you haven’t washed your hands yet. Touching your face with dirty hands is a sure-fire way to expose yourself to germs and illness.
Wash your hands before eating, after using the restroom, and after you’ve been in public. If you’ve been out-and-about touching doorknobs, public screens, and countertops, you could have potentially picked up all kinds of germs. Make sure to keep high-touch items like your phone or wallet clean throughout the day with disinfectant wipes. CNET and Apple have both announced using disinfectant wipes on your phone is fine, but other chemicals could hurt the device.
Keep a Healthy Diet
In chaotic situations, it can be tempting to do a lot of stress-eating. Guilty pleasure foods like ice cream and cookies may make you feel happy, but they don’t make your gut happy. A healthy immune system relies on a balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats to keep the bacteria in your gut at a healthy level.
In fact, you may want to consider cutting down on added sugars in general to keep yourself healthy. Too much sugar can throw the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut out of balance and make you more susceptible to illness.
We’re often told to drink plenty of orange juice when we get a cold or to avoid catching one in the first place, and while you should watch out for the sugar content of your juice, adding Vitamin C and Vitamin D either by taking supplements, eating specific foods, or spending some time in the sun can be helpful. Be sure to stay hydrated, as well.
Get Enough Sleep
When you’re sick or trying to avoid catching a cold, it’s important to get a good night’s rest. Aim for seven to eight hours a night to keep you and your immune system happy. Sleep is key to giving your body time to rest and rejuvenate while maintaining your overall health and wellness.
With all of the uncertainty and frightening news, it can be hard to get a good night’s sleep. If you’re having trouble sleeping, make sure you’re sleeping in an ideal environment. Your room should be cool, quiet, and dark. Make sure your electronics are turned off, too. After all, notifications pinging in the night with news of the virus won’t help you get a good night’s rest.
Your McAllen Chiropractors Want You to Stay Safe During This Health Crisis
Taking care of our health now in all of the little ways can help us in the long run throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but it may not prevent acute back or neck injury if it occurs during our shelter-in.
Hendrick Wellness Center will be closed for standard chiropractic care, but rest assured that we will be available to our patients via virtual consultation. If a serious back or neck injury occurs, however, we may be able to see you in office depending on certain factors discussed in said consultation.