6 Ways to COMBAT Viral diseases

Viral diseases have been with us since time immemorial however after the pandemic we have really understood how fatal it can really be. Common hygiene of taking precautions while travelling, doing regular exercise, engaging in healthy immune building activities, eating right etc were all the last priority while, chasing other pleasures of life. No matter how basic these practices are and how aware we are of them, it can never be an overkill to just pick up the right practices for the well-being of our families. To understand more about the viral precautions do visit the Success Studios interview with renowned Pulmonologist Dr. Anshum Arora.

Dr. Anshum Arora is a specialist pulmonologist who shares her perspectives on the vaccine and also the precautions that one needs to adhere to.

6 Ways to combat viral diseases are:

  1. Preventing food poisoning - is easy if you remember this four-step process: a)Keep it clean by frequently washing your hands, cooking surfaces, cutting boards and utensils. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running water. Don’t use soap, detergent or commercial produce washes. Avoid non-vegeterian foods if you can:). b)Separate foods to avoid cross-contamination between raw meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, produce and ready-to-eat foods. Separation begins at the grocery store and continues to your refrigerator and while cooking. Use separate plates and utensils for cooked and raw foods. c)Cook at the right temperature -over cooked food loses its nutrients so ensure you are fully cooking and not over cooking your food. d) Keep cold foods cold (400 F. or below) while serving. Refrigerate perishable foods within two hours; one hour in the summer. Throw out any food if you have doubts that it was not prepared, served or stored safely. Unsafe food cannot always be identified by smell or appearance. Also use herbs that can help you like ginger -garlic -turmeric -tulsi -rosemary, fennel, sage etc that supports you in fighting any viral attack or even enhancing your immune mechanism.

  2. Washing hands is still the single most-effective way to prevent infections if done before and after preparing food or eating, caring for a sick person or treating a cut or wound. Wash hands after using the toilet or changing diapers, handling pets, taking out the garbage, doing laundry and blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing. Wash hands with soap and running water, scrubbing for 30 seconds and dry them.

  3. Keeping shots current can prevent many serious, even life-threatening infectious diseases, such as the flu, tetanus, diphtheria, pneumonia, shingles, HPV, hepatitis A and B, and childhood diseases like mumps, measles, rubella and chickenpox. Check with your doctor about what immunizations you need and when you need them.

  4. Avoiding water-related infections is especially important in the summer when swimming and other recreational activities cause germs in the water to get into your body. They are spread by swallowing or breathing contaminated water. Diarrhea, rashes, and infections of the skin, ears, eyes and respiratory tract are the most common symptoms of water-related infections. Avoid water recreations during times of widespread infections etc. Also be careful while travelling carry your own water if possible.

  5. Being aware of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) can save your life. HAIs are infections you get while being treated in a hospital or other health facility. About 100,000 people die from HAIs every year and they are also a significant source of medical complications. HAIs include clostridium difficile (C. difficile), a deadly diarrheal infection, and sepsis, a life-threatening condition that arises which the body tries to fight off an infection. HAIs are often associated with surgery, medical devices, catheters and ventilators. Research has shown that some health care workers clean their hands less than half the time they should. Ensure you observe the hospital reputation and staff before you get treated. Escalate and highlight to authorities if you see malpractices. Seeing my parents totally recover and then become victim of this was very painful...

  6. Avoiding infectious diseases means staying away from the ways they are transmitted. This includes staying home when you are ill. Infectious diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Depending on the disease, they can be passed from person to person, from insect or animals, eating contaminated food or water, or from environmental exposure. Symptoms can vary from the mild annoyance of the common cold to a life-threatening infection requiring hospitalization. Hepatitis B and C are the most common infectious diseases that cause liver damage. Hepatitis B causes an inflammation of the liver that leads to jaundice, nausea and fatigue, and can cause long-term complications of cirrhosis or liver cancer. Avoid direct contact with an infected person, animal and the surfaces they touch. Avoidance is especially important for people who have an immune system that isn’t working properly.

What are the ways that you take precautions against the virus in the environment, do share with us. Looking forward to hear more from you. Interesting book that could support your combat is MY IMMUNITY: COMBAT WITH VIRUSES

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