Source: Mac Slavo
Preparing for a pandemic is only half what you stockpile. The other half is fortifying your body and its immune system against viral infections. The better health you are in, the more likely you will be to not get sick in the first place or to beat the illness swiftly.
Make sure you have some personal protective equipment, especially if you’re older or have underlying health conditions, as the coronavirus will likely be more severe if you contract it. Most suggest using a properly fitted face mask (N95 or higher) and keeping your distance from others while in public. You could also wear safety goggles if you’d like.
Your health should come first though! Your immune system is your first line of defense against any viral infection. Once a virus is introduced, the body’s immune system goes into high gear to fight back. We’ve written extensively on some things you can do to improve your immune system.
Before you start stockpiling for the next crisis or pandemic (or at least in tandem) you should try to get as healthy as possible. Keep your weight in a healthy range, avoid the excess consumption of alcohol, and try to quit smoking. Get an adequate amount of sleep. You should also cut out as much processed food and sugar as you can. It’s not good for you, and a healthy gut can go a long way to help your body fight off an infection. Add more vegetables to your diet and make sure you are eating healthy fats such as avocados or olive oil.
You should also exercise some and do some light stretching if possible. Even now, while most of us are on lockdown, you should move a little. There are thousands of videos on YouTube of home workouts you can do. This is not new information. We all should be as healthy as we can be.
Make sure you are prepared and not scared. Stress is not good for the body and can negatively impact your immune system. If you’re properly prepared for a crisis, you won’t be stressed out. Panicking and living in fear can raise the stress hormone cortisol making it harder to fight off a virus.
You should also improve your handwashing. This step is vital at the prevention of most viruses, such as the novel coronavirus, the rhinovirus (common cold) and the flu. Take the time to wash your hands well and don’t touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth unless you’ve washed your hands. Just this one small step that could go far when it comes to combating the spread of communicable diseases.