May 08, 2021
Happy Nurses Week : May 6 – May 12
Summer 2020 started on June 20th and officially ended on September 22nd. This marks the autumnal equinox when the sun’s center crosses the equator from North to South. After the September equinox, the Sun begins to rise later and nightfall comes sooner, paving the way to Autumn.
Although we expect things to slow down by Fall, we still experience so many changes around us. The tree leaves turn into deep orange in color, the temperature grows colder, plants slow down in food production, animals prepare to hibernate and save food for the long months ahead, daylight starts growing shorter, and we come to a time where flu activity peaks.
As we transition from summer into the winter season, here are some important tips and information on how to stay healthy during cold and flu season.
Flu shots are already available. Contact your primary care provider and ask to get the shot so you can get it; the earlier the better.
Washing your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water will help prevent you from getting sick and passing on the virus to other people. Using hand sanitizing gel when soap and water is not readily available also helps.
Get enough sleep and rest. Reduce stress through meditation. Eat healthy foods especially those that are high in Vitamin C.
Get plenty of sun and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.
Drink enough water to get rid of toxins from your body.
The idea behind Shelter In Place is to help prevent spreading the virus to others. Stay home and limit contact with others especially if you are sick or you don’t feel well.
Continue to wear your mask when you go out in public.
Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes. These orifices allow the virus to enter and infect our system.
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with tissues and dispose of them properly in the trash. Avoid crowds and being around large groups of people and practice social distancing (at least 6 feet away from others).
Avoid sharing objects. And lastly, avoid unnecessary travel.
There is no doubt that the pandemic of 2020 will be added to our history books as an important event to share with the future generations. The entire nation holds the responsibility of practicing preventive measures to fight the spread of the virus to ensure our survival. As Benjamin Franklin said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.