The deadly Covid-19 is assuming large proportions
with each passing day in countries like India, making self-quarantine by every
individual the need of the hour to contain its spread.
As life is changing dramatically for people, the
World Health Organisation (WHO) has come out with a guideline to help
individuals get physically and mentally prepared at home, which will not only
benefit them in the long run but also fight the virus in the event of them
Eat a health and nutritious diet, which helps your
immune system to function properly. Limit your alcohol consumption and avoid
sugary drinks. Don’t smoke. Smoking can increase your risk of developing severe
disease if you become infected with Covid-19.
The WHO also recommended 30 minutes of physical
activity for adults, and one hour a day for children.
“If your local or national guidelines allow it, go
outside for a walk, a run or a ride, and keep a safe distance from others. If
you can’t leave the house, find an exercise video online, dance to music, do
some yoga, or walk up and down the stairs,” said WHO Director General Dr Tedros
If you’re working at home, make sure you don’t sit
in the same position for long periods. Get up and take a 3-minute break every
“...look after your mental health. It’s normal to
feel stressed, confused and scared during a crisis. Talking to people you know
and trust can help. Supporting other people in your community can help you as
much as it does them. Check in on neighbours, family and friends. Compassion is
a medicine,” he added.
Other activities to relax include listening to
music, reading book or playing indoor games. Avoid reading or watching too much
news if the same makes you anxious, Instead, get information from reliable
sources once or twice a day.
To increase access to reliable information, WHO has
worked with WhatsApp and Facebook to launch a new WHO Health Alert messaging
service. The Health Alert service is now available in English and will be
introduced in other languages next week. To access it, send the word
"hi" to the WhatsApp number: +41 798 931 892.
Covid-19 has so far infected more than 2,10,000 and claimed over 9000 lives across the globe.