Speaking of the situation in India, Dr Mithal emphasized two challenges. First and foremost regarding the growing risk to health care providers. “Gangaram had to quarantine a large part of its staff, the same thing happened with Jaslok and a few other hospitals. We have to be careful because our health workers can be the main spreaders and if they are not protected, the virus will spread quickly. So it’s important not to expose them all together – just because we like it or not, some healthcare professionals will be infected. The second challenge is to identify hot spots and conduct careful testing in these areas to help stop the spread of the virus.
Many people are now focusing on improving their immune systems and see it as a way to fight the coronavirus. “The fact remains that if your immune system is strong, you will be able to cope with” any “virus better than those with compromised immunity, but no food will protect you from COVID-19. stay healthy, everyone should exercise, do some breathing exercises, and eat a healthy diet as well. ”In fact, the lockdown offers us a great opportunity to eat healthy, fresh, home-cooked food.
When it comes to healthy eating, we all know that we should avoid foods high in sugar, minimize the consumption of refined carbohydrates, avoid white breads, have more fiber, more colorful fruits and vegetables because they are rich in antioxidants, avoid packaged foods, avoid bad fats, focus on healthy fats like nuts. But we tend to overlook a specific nutrient that’s all the more important right now – vitamin D.
Importance of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is an immunomodulator. Several studies have shown that urban India, especially white-collar workers, are deficient in vitamin D. The main reason being that we avoid the sun. Vitamin D affects our bone health and its lack, does not let the body absorb calcium. Although this is still a weaker association, but some studies have linked vitamin D deficiency to respiratory infections – and as we all know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory epidemic, it is therefore important for us to focus on this nutrient.
The trickiest part is that we cannot get vitamin D from our diet. There is some in fortified milk, but people can more easily get it by exposing it to the sun. If this seems difficult, small doses of vitamin D will not do any harm and will help your body maintain its overall immunity.
Like vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin E as well as zinc are also important. “However, no one should label them as a cure for coronavirus. We can only hope that when the virus hits, it can help us fight it, ”says Dr. Mithal.
The CDC has issued a warning to people to wear masks and even our Prime Minister has urged people to cover their mouths while going out in public. This is an important step, insists Dr. Mithal. “We need to avoid crowded markets and places to minimize exposure. People should not go out in groups and may also wear gloves to protect themselves. ”