The pandemic of the novel coronavirus is rapidly changing our lives. And the only thing we can do is to get out of the house. At the moment, against CoVID-19, there is no cure, but a vaccine is under development and will appear not earlier than in 12-18 months. Actually, at the moment there are several test vaccines in the US has already begun the first clinical trials, so the drug may appear sooner. The situation is complicated by the fact that no one knows when this will end and many will have to remain in home isolation. However, even a two-week stay in quarantine can not affect the health. And given the fact that the immune system’s response to the new coronavirus, which attacks the lungs, can be life-threatening, we all want to understand what happens to the immune system during the quarantine and whether it is possible somehow to help your body.
Immunity — a defense mechanism of the body, which helps to resist infections. When the human body get viruses and dangerous bacteria, the immune system starts its work and tries to destroy them. Sometimes the immune system affects healthy cells in the body, which can lead to serious consequences.
Is it possible to strengthen the immune system without leaving your home?
Yes. Don’t smoke, limit alcohol consumption, exercise and try not to watch too much news. Here are just some of the who recommendations for the preservation of physical and mental health during a pandemic. At the time of this writing, the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which appeared a few months ago in Hubei province in China, has spread to almost every country in the world and has infected more than 500 000 people. This means that more than 100 million people worldwide live with some form of exclusion, as state officials are struggling to contain the outbreak CоVID-19, which has already claimed more than 23,000 lives.
The stress of being in a closed room and observe the growth of morbidity and deaths worldwide could have negative consequences for health. Who Director-General Dr tedros adhanom Ghebreyesus, saidthat the who in coming weeks will offer advice on how to stay healthy and to cope with the crisis. It is important to understand that in these difficult times, you must continue to take care of your physical and mental health. Besides, scientists have long known that stress and, in particular, depression, have a negative impact on the immune system. Therefore, careful attention to nutrition, sports and mental state not only helps you stay healthy in the long term, but also help to cope with CoVID-19, if you get sick.
Expert advice from the world health organization
- Eat healthy – this will help strengthen the immune system;
- Limit alcohol and sugary drinks;
- Do not smoke! Smoking can aggravate the symptoms COVID-19 and increase the risk to get seriously sick;
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. If you are allowed to go outside, go for a walk, Jogging or Cycling, keeping at a safe distance from other people. If you are unable to go out, dance, do yoga or climb up and down the stairs a few times.
- If you’re working at home, not to stay in the same position. Make a 3-minute break every 30 minutes;
- Take a break from thinking about the pandemic. Listen to music, read books, watch movies, or play games.
Tedros of Ghebreyesus also said that to feel anxiety, experience stress, confusion and fear during a pandemic – this is normal. Remember that conversation with people whom you know well can help. Also do not forget about the really effective way of dealing with anxiety and stress – meditation. In one of our previous articles, we talked in detail about the benefits of meditation for health. The head who advises to follow the news, but not to watch the news 24/7, as this may contribute to the development of anxiety and stress.
That will NOT help to strengthen the immune system?
That antiviral drugs and Immunostimulants are not working written and told very much – I advise you to read our material on this subject – however, many still believe that maradoniana in vitamin C or taking homeopathic medicines will help to strengthen the immune system.
In fact, it is not necessary to hope that there is some over-the-counter medicationthat will help to strengthen the immune system and to protect themselves from the pandemic. Three immunologist Timothy Craig, Professor of medicine in the field of Allergy and immunology at the University of Pennsylvania medical center, Katherine Nagler, an immunologist at the University of Chicago and John Werry, Director of the Institute of immunology at the University of Pennsylvania medical center statedthat there is no convincing evidence that any dietary Supplement, including vitamin C, will help not to get sick. By the way, as with probiotics and Immunostimulants.