The world is under an unprecedented crisis. One of the worst disease outbreak in history, COVID-19 – a coronavirus has caused more than 3200 deaths and 93,000 infections till now.
Started in Wuhan, a Chinese city, the presence of the virus is confirmed in over 80 countries. India has become the latest victim of the outbreak. WHO (World Health Organization) has just declared it a global public health emergency.
It is highly recommended to contact your doctor for advice if you feel symptoms such as fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, or muscle pain. The virus can spread through touch, sneeze, or cough, so it is better to avoid close contact (handshake, hugging) with other people and stay at home until you feel better. A lot of precautions are needed to be taken when it comes to your health.
This is the best time to give your mind and body the attention they deserve. Here are some productive activities you can do to feel better without leaving your home.
Peace of mind is something that you cannot ignore in critical times. Meditation helps in reducing the feeling of loneliness and increasing self-awareness. The feeling of picking up the disease can result in anxiety issues. Through meditation, you can lift the burden of stress from your mind. This relaxation technique trains your brain to be attentive, active and focused.
Play online games
One of the most effective ways to deal with restlessness and lack of excitement is playing games. The highly entertaining card games such as Poker or Rummy can be played online anytime and from anywhere. Although it may not seem like the most pleasant time to enjoy, it is best advised to keep your mind occupied by playing these thrilling mind games. Install a gaming app on your smartphone to utilize your free time effectively. When you compete against other players at the tables, you employ your creativity, focus, and analytical skills to outsmart them and win the game. It results in increased mindfulness and improved confidence in your abilities. Stay patient and have fun! Trust us- you will love the playing experience!
Participate in recreational Activities
As much as we want to keep negative emotions away, they often “attack” our minds to cloud our positivity. Feeling of dullness and boredom can take over you and lead to a negative outlook towards life. It is advised to indulge yourself in activities you love such as writing, painting, clicking pictures, watching movies, listening to your favorite music, cooking food, etc to make your time more happening and redirect your thoughts.
No one can say with certainty how much time the world needs to recover from this disastrous situation. Still, there are high hopes that everything will return to normal soon. Health care workers are working round the clock to provide support and increase awareness about the disease. Remember that vaccines for coronavirus are still under development. It is up to you to make sure that you follow proper hygiene habits such as proper hand-washing, using tissues while sneezing/coughing, not sharing towels/utensils, etc in order to protect yourself and your family from the infection. Avoid any social media hoaxes and stay away from traveling to the affected regions.
What matters the most is keeping your spirits up, staying mentally strong, and keeping your health in check. By getting involved in the above-mentioned activities, you will gain better control over your senses and strength to deal with the challenging situation.
Is COVID-19 coronavirus an infectious disease?
Yes. Coronavirus is a highly contagious respiratory disease and can be transmitted from one person to another through contact. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, the liquid droplets released from his nose or mouth lands on objects or surfaces like phones, doorknobs, tables, etc. The virus can enter the body of a healthy person if he breathes in the droplets or touches those objects and then touches his nose, eyes, or mouth.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms of the disease are – fever, shortness of breath, dry cough, body ache, and vomiting. It can cause severe illness and even lead to death.
How to protect yourself from coronavirus?
Here’s how you can reduce your chances of catching the disease –
- Avoid any close contact with people who are unwell.
- Cover your face while coughing and sneezing with a tissue or your elbow.
- Avoid touching your face often.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with a soap or an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Wear a face-mask and stay at home if you experience the symptoms. Seek medication attention and follow the advice of your health-care provider.