By Rukaya Mosavel
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 3 of VARSITY News.
If you or someone you love has recently tested positive for the corona virus, you may be in a state of mixed feelings. Your first instinct might be to panic, and fear that you might die. However, the reality is that this virus transmits very rapidly and you might not even realised when you have came into contact with it. Many people recover from this virus, and you and your loved ones will too.
The first thing to do is to isolate yourself. Whether this is in your own room, a separate area of your house, or a completely different house. Whatever is accessible to you, you should try your best to confine yourself and avoid spreading the virus by going outdoors. Like most viruses, you will experience certain symptoms, sooner or later. Your aim should be to treat symptoms before they arise. As we know that this virus affects the immune system, your goal should be to improve your immune system.
You can do this by eating immune boosting foods such as garlic, citrus fruits, honey, ginger, spinach, and almonds. Research what type of foods suits you best and try to consume these throughout your day. Drinking water can help, but be mindful of not drinking too much cold water. Drink water that is room temperature or boiled. Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking. There are plenty of recipes online, demonstrating healthy immune boosting foods and drinks that you can make from home.
For pain and fever, try using over-the counter medication such as paracetamol or ibuprofen if you are able to and not allergic to any of these medications. If you feel otherwise, you can always retreat to eating organically and getting enough rest to help your immune system and body fight off the virus. You can even steam your face by pouring hot water into a bowl, throwing a towel over your face and inhaling the steam.
When it comes to exercise, you might feel too fatigued or ill. But walking around your house, in your backyard, stretching on a mat in your room for ten minutes or any other light physical activity can help your body feel energised and less bloated.
Monitor your symptoms carefully. If you are seeing an improvement, continue eating healthily, doing light exercises and having a good sleeping pattern. If however, you feel that you are becoming more ill, call your family doctor or hospital and get medically examined. The virus can be dangerous and you should not ignore serious signs.
For more information, do visit http://www.sacoronavirus.co.za/.
Remember to take the necessary precautions and follow national guidelines.