Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has confirmed over 334981 confirmed cases worldwide in which total confirmed deaths are 14652. Around 190 nations, territories or areas have been affected and still growing. Yesterday, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-Generals stated that each day, COVID-19 is reaching a tragic and new milestone.
He stated that every day, something new is learned regarding the disease and the virus. Although it is suggested that elderly individuals are the hardest hit, younger individuals are not spared either. He pointed out that the younger generation is not invincible and the virus can hospitalize or probably kill them too.
Dissimilar to any other pandemic, individuals have the power to change the course of this outbreak. In these times SOLIDARITY plays a crucial part.
The market has already tumbled concerning personal protective equipment that has generated extreme difficulties for healthcare providers to have access to the equipments whilst they require the most to ascertain their life safety. Addressing this issue, WHO has identified a few manufacturers in China who corresponded to supply WHO.
Individuals life is changing dramatically and is adjusting to this new reality. However, Dr. Tedros said that celebrating success is also required. On 19th March, for the first time since the outbreak started, Wuhan recorded no new cases.
This gives hope worldwide, that even the most terrible circumstance can be apprehended.
It’s important during these hard times, to look after your mental and physical health. This will help you in the long-term as well as fight COVID-19 also.
- Eat a nutritious and healthy diet that helps your immune system to function well.
- Limit your consumption of alcohol, smoke, and stay away from sugary drinks. Smoking could amplify the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19.
- Exercise. WHO urges 1 hour a day for kids and 30 minutes of minimum physical activity for adults. Download a fitness app or find an exercise video online, do some yoga, dance to music, else walk up and down the stairs.
- Talking to family and friends to keep off the mental pressure. Video call relatives and friends, check in on neighbors. Read a book, listen to music, or play games. Be compassionate and support others in need.
- As the majority of us are working from home, make sure you don’t sit in the same position for long periods. Take breaks or get up in 30-60 minutes.
Get selective information’s from trustworthy sources. Try not to watch or read too much news frequently in case it makes you anxious. WHO has launched a new WHO Facebook and WhatsApp Health Alert messaging service to boost access to reliable info. The service is at present accessible in English and will be presented in different languages in the upcoming week.
Just as Dr. Tedros said that although COVID-19 is taking so much from us, yet it’s moreover presenting us something exceptional – the chance to get together as one humanity – to grow together, to learn together, to work together.
Practice social distancing and do not forget to participate in “Janta Curfew’ as announced by our Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.