How to deal with the stress of the Coronavirus



At this point seeing and here all of the rapid developments with the Coronavirus or COVID-19 can be overwhelming.

If you have kids like me you are constantly getting emails and automated phone calls about the next steps the school districts will take.

If you have kids in college you are probably received notice from your child and school that they have to come home.

Most jobs are offering a solution for you to stay and work from home.

I recently did a supermarket run to get groceries for the next two weeks and saw so many people filling their carts with toilet tissue. Hand sanitizer is harder to come by and sanitization wipes.

More business and events are being closed or canceled to try to mitigate the spread.

I say all of that to say this, times like this don't give in to fear. Fear and negative emotions lower your immune system. You need to be strong not only for yourself, but for your family, friends, and community. We are all in this together.

Instead of feeding into fear and take some time to reset and adjust to this situation.


Try the following:

  • Use your time to stay at doors to connect more with your family and yourself.

  • Catch up on some reading, take an online yoga course, watch a funny video, try or do something that would keep your spirits lifted.

  • Create a plan or learn on new skill online


Here are some tips to help you Boost your Immune System.

  1. Get the Nutrients You Need

  2. Get enough sleep.

  3. Learn and use relaxation techniques.

  4. Exercise.

  5. Take time for yourself.

  6. Build your support network of people you can talk to manage Your Stress Everyone gets stressed. Short bursts of stress may help your immune system. But lasting stress is a problem. It can hamper your immune system. You can take action to tame stress. Make these steps part of your stress management plan:

What is Covid-19?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.


Symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms are similar to the cold or flu and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus. Be vigilant as severe cases may lead to pneumonia, kidney failure or death.

  • fever

  • cough

  • shortness of breath


Prevention

The World Health Organization (WHO) advises the following prevention methods:


Wash Hands Frequently

Use soap and water for visibly dirty hands or an alcohol-based hand rub frequently for non-visibly dirty hands.


Practice Respiratory Hygiene

When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Maintain Social Distancing

Maintain at least 3 feet distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.

Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose & Mouth

Hands touch many surfaces that can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.


Seek Medical Care Early

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and tell your health care provider if you have traveled in an area where the virus has been heavily reported, such as China, South Korea, or Italy; or if you have been in close contact with someone who has traveled from these infected areas and has respiratory symptoms.


Mild symptoms

you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to or within highly infected countries, still seek medical care and be sure to carefully practice basic respiratory and hand hygiene and stay home until you are recovered, if possible.


Animal Proximity Precautions

Practice general hygiene measures when visiting farms, live animal markets, wet markets, animal product markets or contact with wild animals. Ensure regular hand washing with soap and potable water after touching animals and animal products.


Animal Consumption

Avoid eating raw or undercooked animal products. Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.


Additional Information For the most up-to-date information on possible vaccines, treatments, FAQs, news and more, please visit the following official health organizations: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) www.CDC.gov World Health Organization (WHO) www.WHO.int


As of March 11, 2020.

As of March 11, the WHO announced that COVID-19 is officially a global pandemic. In his announcement, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, stressed, “This is not just a public health crisis, it is a crisis that will touch every sector—so every sector and every individual must be involved in the fight.”

Time is of the essence to contain the virus to prevent it from spreading farther. (Please read this excellent article that can help us understand why time is of the utmost importance.) The most responsible thing studio owners can do is to cancel all group classes for the next two weeks and re-evaluate from there.

Click here to download more information from CDC on how to deal with the coronavirus





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