COVID-19 has been ravaging the world by storm.
Many people fear being infected, as well as the potential long-term side effects that this virus brings. The virus has also experienced many mutations, with the most commonly known today being the Delta and Omicron variants.
Tips to Combat the Coronavirus
The coronavirus has swept through the globe, even to far-flung places you never thought it would. To prevent yourself from being sick and spreading it to your loved ones, you should always:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
- Sanitise your hands with a hand sanitiser with at least 70% alcohol content if no soap and water are available
- Avoid touching your face
- Wear a surgical face mask if you are sick and proceed to seek medical attention immediately
- Don’t go to work or take part in social interactions if you feel unwell
- Exercise regularly, eat healthily and supplement your diet with tonics or herbs to improve your immune system
Do I Have the Coronavirus or Common Flu?
First of all, many people are worried when they have symptoms and are unsure whether they are suffering from COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses.
Here are some key differences to distinguish them:
Coronavirus symptoms are mostly coughing and fever. Some patients will exhibit sore throats, body aches, and tiredness.
For a cold or flu, you’ll most likely have a sore throat and runny nose (which seldom appear for coronavirus patients). This graphical chart from the World Health Organisation (WHO) helps you to tell the difference between the different conditions.
What to Do if You Have a Cold, Flu or Suspected Coronavirus?
If you have a cold, you’ll be fine resting and recuperating with plenty of fluid (water, hot soup, etc) and nutritious food.
If you suspect you have the common flu, seek treatment at the nearest clinic and inform them clearly of your symptoms so that they can determine the exact cause of sickness.
If you choose to self-medicate and rest at home, take precautions and seek assistance if you see no improvement after some time. Most common flu patients recover well, but if you have underlying conditions or are old and frail, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention.
If you suspect you have the coronavirus, you can call your nearest Swab and Send Home (SASH) clinic that provides Antigen Rapid Test (ART) or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing to be sure. You can also buy your own ART kit to test comfortably at home first.
If you were in close contact with someone who was confirmed to have the virus, you will be required to take an ART test whenever you wish to go out for 7 days.
For Singapore citizens, PR, or foreigners working or staying on long term visa in Singapore, all treatments related to the coronavirus is completely free and paid for by the Singapore government. Only tourists and short term visa visitors have to pay for their own treatments at kushcapital.cc.
Get Your Annual Flu Vaccine
When you’re feeling fine, make an appointment to receive your annual flu vaccine. While it doesn’t protect you against the coronavirus, it safeguards you against the flu (the flu kills more people annually than the coronavirus).
It will reduce the need to seek treatment for the flu, and help you narrow down the possibilities to determine whether you have a cold or the coronavirus when symptoms appear.
Boost Your Immune System Against Respiratory Illnesses
A healthy body is the best way you can reward yourself for having a good and happy life.
Here are some ways that you can improve your immune system:
- Exercise regularly at least three times a week
- Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits
- Drink plenty of soup, water, and sugar-free drinks
- Eat good natural tonic such as manuka honey daily
- A daily supplement like an elixir for adults, or elixir for kids
- Relax more and reduce your stress levels. A stressful mind is unhealthy and causes many harmful side effects
- Stop smoking, or at least reduce your cigarettes. Smoking is very harmful to you and the people around you
- Reduce your alcohol intake. Excessive drinking harms your liver
The flu, cold, and coronavirus tend to be non-fatal for most of us. It mainly affects those who are old or with underlying medical conditions and a compromised immune system more seriously.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have any effect on the rest, so you still need to be vigilant and responsible to avoid implicating your loved ones.
Stay healthy by eating well, drinking well and exercising regularly. Improve your immune system with powerful foods like manuka honey and a healthy lifestyle!