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While places are beginning to open back up and things seem to be on the road to normalcy, some people may be feeling stressed at the thought of entering back into society.
How do you keep safe while slowly rolling back into our routine? What will the new normal life look like? And what are the real risks of dying from COVID-19?
These are the questions that many will be asking in the post-quarantine world.
Risks Associated with COVID-19
It seems that every time you turn on the news, you hear about more from COVID-19. It’s scary, it’s sad, and it’s overwhelming. Remember that it’s normal to feel anxious about the situation. But before becoming fearful of ever leaving the house again, let’s take a look at who exactly is at risk and what the death rate looks like.
Some speak about the Case Fatality Rate (CFR), which is the number of deaths from the disease divided by the number of diagnosed cases over a specific time frame.
The issue with using this as a meaningful statistic is that it’s based on the number of cases that were diagnosed. There are plenty of folks who may not know they have been infected and have never gotten tested -- and are therefore not factored into this calculation. That’s why it’s necessary to consider the CFR and the mortality rate, which is the number of deaths from the disease divided by the total population over a specified time.
Getting Back to Normal, Safely
We all want life to get back to normal, but safely!
Here are some ideas for boosting your immune system to make it more resistant to COVID-19:
- Get outside. Fresh air and sunshine are great! Sitting locked up in your house/apartment in the stale air for long periods is not ideal for a healthy lifestyle. Get outside safely by going somewhere that’s not crowded while keeping your distance from others, and of course, wearing a mask or face covering.
- Move your body. Even though most gyms are still closed, exercise is still important to our health. Go for a walk, run outside, or do an at-home workout to help boost your immune system. There are plenty of free at-home workout videos on social media platforms such as Instagram.
- Eat real foods. Give your body the fuel and the nutrients that you need to help fight any virus that may come your way. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies. Throwing in fermented foods like kimchi is a good way to help support your microbiome.
- Limit stress. Chronic stress is bad for your health and immune system. Incorporate practices into your day that help you de-stress. Meditate. Take long walks. Make time to do something that relaxes you like cooking or reading.
- Don’t ignore other health concerns. If you’re feeling sick or are concerned about any conditions you have, don’t avoid seeing a doctor altogether. Some doctors may offer telemedicine options when an in-person visit isn’t necessary. Don’t push off seeing a doctor if you are concerned about your health.
If you are fearful of going back to day-to-day tasks, there are some extra measures you can take to stay safe:
- Ask a neighbor or friend to pick up groceries and essentials for you. People are willing to help, and we are all in this together. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- If you’re unable to ask a friend or neighbor, use grocery delivery options, such as Instacart or Shipt, so you don’t have to go to the store.
- Tell your employer that you feel unsafe about returning to work. Let them know you still don’t feel comfortable going back into your place of work and see if they can accommodate a continued work from home schedule.
- Continue to exercise from home. While gyms may start to reopen, you can still get your movement in from the comfort of your home.
- As always, you’ll want to speak to your health care provider for specific measures you should take to support your health.
Getting back to “normal” may be a slow-going process. It’s important to take necessary precautions when it comes to ensuring both you and your family’s safety when re-entering the post-COVID-19 world.