The COVID-19 vaccines are available for the age group of 60 and above, 45+ and 18+
The healthcare sector has gained a lot of experience with Corona cases and is no longer fighting an unknown enemy
Keeping a well-balanced emotional state is important
In recent weeks there has been an uptick in corona cases in India. The 7-day average is now around 15,500 new cases, and for reference, this is what it was during the middle of January 2021 and the end of June 2020. Since cases had steadily been dropping from mid-September till about mid-Feb, when the 7-day average was about 93,000 fresh cases, the recent increase has led some health pundits to call this a second wave, perhaps from imported virus strains. However, it is too premature to confirm this.
There are some experts who believe that it is unlikely that India will undergo a second wave of the coronavirus, meaning that this recent surge in cases has the same impact as the earlier surge, which necessitated the lockdown in India. Whichever way you take it, the situation is a lot more optimistic now than it was when the virus first appeared in March of 2020. This is because of several reasons:
With this in the backdrop, your response to the fresh rise in coronavirus cases should be threefold: You must avoid panic and complacency and you must be proactive about our health.
To help you respond with confidence, here are 4 actionable tips.
There are numerous studies that point to comorbidities as being a factor that leads to deteriorating COVID-19 outcomes. Put plainly, the IMCR says that conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, blood pressure, and diabetes increase the risk of COVID-related fatalities and ICU admission risk by 15-20%.
Why does this happen? One way of understanding this is to realise that ‘comorbidity’ is a term used to indicate that there are two or more diseases in the same person. So, if you are present with comorbidities there is a greater chance that your immune system may be compromised and/or your body may already be stressed fighting underlying conditions. You may also develop secondary infections due to comorbidity.
To give your body the best chance at fighting COVID-19, or any novel disease for that matter, it is a good idea to avoid such diseases or, at any rate, control them. One can use the word ‘avoid’ for many pertinent comorbid conditions as often these diseases boil down to lifestyle choices.
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Currently, there are many young Indians who a prediabetic and there are some easy ways to prevent this from leading to diabetes. For instance, you can:
These tips also help with managing diabetes. For high blood pressure, you may want to:
An easy way to get proactive about your health is to download the Bajaj Finserv Health App. It allows you to search for the best doctors in your vicinity, book appointments at their clinics online, benefit from video consultations and more. With a doctor on board, you can draw up a plan of action that will help you remain in the best of shape. You could also ask a doctor questions like:
The best way to avoid complacency is to recall the principles that helped during the period when the virus was raging. With the scientific community advising that COVID-19 spreads through infected respiratory droplets and also through contact with infected surfaces lockdowns, physical distancing, and compulsory mask usage were enforced. Now that there is an air of laxity around, you may have to be proactive about making decisions that can stop the spread. Accordingly, you can:
If you are a business owner, you could take the initiative to enable working from home. Several large tech companies like Twitter and Google have rolled out work from home policies, and these can help especially in areas where the risk of exposure to the virus is growing.
Health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing. Keeping a well-balanced emotional state is important and it is true that often the mental effects of COVID-19 are neglected. The disease is linked to everything from suicide to anxiety, stress, fear of contagion, insomnia, isolation, burnout, and depression.
Many of these effects will last for years and to curb this psychological pandemic it is vital that you:
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There is an old adage that says that “we are what we eat”. This is very true from the perspective of healthcare and you’ll notice that one remedy for practically all lifestyle disease is eating right. So, focus on eating healthy foods and not just tasty foods. Luckily, there are a lot of gratifying preparations within the Indian cuisine that are immensely healthy as well. For instance, you can add dals, chana masala, tandooris, and kebabs to your diet, while skipping things like papadums, naans, and samosas.
You need to take care of your diet, mental health, and lifestyle conditions. Also, adopt ways to curb the spread and to remove panic out of the equation. Be amongst the warriors changing the course of the disease in India!