Staying healthy – Now and Always

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It’s been months since the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) started spreading around the globe and with that, the stock markets have taken a dive, not only in the United States but worldwide. After a remarkable start to the new decade, the S&P 500, Dow, and Nasdaq Composite are all negative year to date, reports Waterfront Financial Group.

To make the most of ourselves in these uncertain times, it is vital for us to stay prepared and have preventative knowledge about health and wellness. We can practice and adopt these measures in our daily lives. In other words, the supply and demand uncertainty are not only affecting our economy but it has a negative impact on our personal health as well.

Industries including airline, auto, tech, banking, mining, retail, entertainment, shipping, tourism, cruise ships, energy, manufacturing and lodging are reporting negative effects on their business due to the spread of the coronavirus, states The Wall Street Journal. While respective consumers are seeking out hard-to-find breathing masks, hand sanitizer, as well as our 99.5% pure recreational oxygen that is made in a FDA-registered facility; a recent Fortune.com report said 94% of Fortune 1000 companies are seeing coronavirus supply chain disruptions.

 

So, without further ado, let’s have a look at some tips to remain healthy - now and always:

Be Prepared

Have you ever been intrigued to know how many people don’t wash their hands after using the men’s or ladies’ room? According to a study in 2018, only 31 percent of men and 65 percent of women wash their hands after using the restroom. Considering that, we urge you to wash your hands well and frequently (for at least 20 seconds!!)

At the end, it’s all about hygiene. Washing your hands protects you against germs and bacteria (Galic). Here’s a summarised description from a recent Livestrong.com article titled, ’The Best Way to Avoid Getting Sick Is to Wash Your Hands — But You're Probably Doing It Wrong’

  • Don’t skip the soap
  • Wash – with soap – for 20 seconds
  • Lather – with soap – your entire hands and even under the nails
  • Don’t re-contaminate your soap washed hands by touching handles and knobs
  • Don’t rely on hand sanitizer. It’s not as good as washing with soap!

Prevention better than Cure

COVID-19 is, and behaves, much like the common cold. Here is an excerpt from Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institute of Health, wrote in an article recently:

“Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, including some that cause ‘the common cold’ in healthy humans. In fact, these viruses are found throughout the world and account for up to 30 percent of upper respiratory tract infections in adults.”

Case in point being, because there is a chance for loss of life or the fact that SARS is also a coronavirus, says Collins, we’ll admit that calling the COVID-19 outbreak ’the common cold’ isn’t that logical to sound and easy to do.  However, one can make daily decisions about their health and choose known behaviours that help strengthen their immune system.

Research and studies support that regular exercise (approximately thirty minutes a day for adults) including breathing and meditation, eating well and getting ample sleep boost the immune system. Oxygen helps your body on a cellular level to work efficiently.

We hope this article was helpful. In these unprecedented times, we request you all to stay safe and stay home. With the right steps, the world is coming together as one to fight COVID-19!

 

Resources:

  1. CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Handwashing: A Corporate Activity https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/handwashing-corporate.html. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  2. Collins, Francis, M.D., Ph.D. Structural Biology Points Way to Coronavirus Vaccine. https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2020/03/03/structural-biology-points-way-to-coronavirus-vaccine. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  3. Galic, Bojana. Livestrong.com. The Best Way to Avoid Getting Sick Is to Wash Your Hands — But You're Probably Doing It Wrong.
  4. https://www.livestrong.com/article/13725173-how-and-when-to-wash-your-hands. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  5. Sherman, Erik. 94% of the Fortune 1000 are seeing coronavirus supply chain disruptions: Report. https://fortune.com/2020/02/21/fortune-1000-coronavirus-china-supply-chain-impact. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  6. Waterfront Financial Group. www.waterfrontfinancialgroup.com. Email published March 3, 2020.
  7. The Wall Street Journal. Coronavirus Deals Blow to Global Business. https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-deals-blow-to-global-business-11582919791. Retrieved March 3, 2020.

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