Five interesting things to do during this lockdown

The novel coronavirus continues to wreck havoc across the world forcing the countries to go into a lock-down mode. Several countries are cordoning off the infected areas as no-go zones and have strongly advised their citizens to follow Social distancing measures.

Theaters, Malls, schools, and parks have been shut down. Transport has been radically reduced. And citizens have suddenly found themselves prohibited to go to work as a result of it and have been given work-from-home options.

People have suddenly found themselves stranded at their homes with lots of time in their hands at these times of home isolation. One of the nastiest aspect of this pandemic, is that it affects your socializing. So, there’s an increased stress apart from being confined to one place already. However, it’s all done for the sake of breaking the pandemic chain as it’s proving to be deadly. As responsible citizens of this country, we must abide by the rules imposed for our own good and show solidarity to the people in charge by following the rules.

Isolating ourselves over a period of time can have serious implications on our physical and mental health. The days are especially going to be longer. To help you get over the blues, here are a few things that you can follow.

1. Exercise

While gyms and parks are closed, it’s no excuse for skipping our daily workouts. Working out everyday stimulates blood flow, releases endorphins, a feel good hormone and helps us remain brisk throughout the day. Indulge in minimal exercises like aerobics, stretching, Yoga, and meditation from your homes which will help prevent sluggishness.

2. Eat Healthy

If you are someone who has the habit of eating out continuously, this is the best opportunity to change the habit and get healthy as you have lots of free time in your hands. Prepare your own food without the garnishes that come along with external food. Eat immunity-boosting food items like fruits, vegetables, and nuts to reduce your chances of contracting devices. Avoid grazing on junk food as you run the risk of catching some extra unwanted calories.

3. Learn a new craft

In the busy schedule that you are running throughout the year, you hardly get time to pursue any new crafts outside of your comfort zones. Now is the time for you. With almost everything available on internet, now is the time for you learn a new craft or two. It could be pottery, jewel making or paper crafting or basically anything. You’re not going to get a better time than this to learn a new trade. Whatever it is ensure you follow the safety protocols like social distancing advised. Even learning a new language is not a bad option. There are tons of mobile apps which will help you with it.

4. Play Online Games

In this time of Quarantine and isolation, it is important to keep up our social interactions. As going out is not an option, socializing online will drive away your blues. Playing online games can be a great socializing option. Online games offer a platform for you to meet up, socialize and enjoy quality time. Games like Indian Rummy Online, Online Poker can come in handy during these times to beat the boredom as they offer a quality entertainment but also win some real cash prizes.

5. Read a book

While binge watching a series or watching a selection of movies might sound like an fanciful idea, it will render you tired. As you focus on your monitors or TVs, your eyeballs are going to hurt and you might end up tired and insomniacal. With nowhere to go, being inside your home is a must. Why not invest this time in a productive activity like reading? Reading a book is a gratifying experience which movies or shows can’t provide. Perhaps, this time could inculcate a reading habit in you if you don’t have it already. Reading platforms like Kindle have thousands of books across several genres, you can give it a try. By the time you finish a book, even a long day otherwise might appear too short for you.

That’s it. Try to follow the activities mentioned here, hopefully you will make use of this isolated time more productively than you imagined. As always, Stay safe, follow all the necessary steps mentioned by the government and hopefully we will get through this soon.

Coronavirus Outbreak in India – Here’s what you need to know?

The deadly coronavirus which originated in Wuhan is now spreading rapidly throughout the world. The outbreak of COVID has prompted the WHO (World Health Organization) to declare it as a global emergency. As of today, the total number of infected persons stands at 1.1 Lakh with at least 4000 deaths reported worldwide. The virus is reported to be present in 100 countries at least and there are 20 countries at least where a hundred people were infected with it.

Coronavirus

As the rate of infections in Wuhan, where the virus originated continues to decline, the rate at which the infection is spreading in Europe and the US is alarming. India’s COVID 19 number officially stands at 31.

The government is working intensely to come up with measures to counter the epidemic. Stringent measures have been enforced in all the airports, with people returning from overseas being subjected to intense screening. Quarantine measures and cordoning off the people affected have ensured that the situation is under control. Countries infected by the virus are into severe containment measures and ensure they don’t spread rapidly.  However, we cannot afford to relax as the deadly virus can spread through multiple means.

Many people have canceled their trips abroad over the fear of contracting the virus. Universities have canceled their international study programs and companies have largely restricted international travel.

How does Coronavirus spread?

The disease is very contagious. It spreads through coughing and through physical contact with the infected one. When the infected person coughs or sneezes, there are droplets of saliva splattered all over the place nearby, if anyone happens to touch or breathes in. The incubation period for the coronavirus is 5 days. It means the person who’s infected with the virus will start showing symptoms after 5 days.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Fever, Continous cough and breathing trouble are the common symptoms of COVID 19. There have been instances of gastrointestinal symptoms like Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. At times, the person infested with the virus may show no symptoms at all. In some cases, the virus may cause pneumonia and result in death.

Steps to Stay safe during this Corona outbreak

At this juncture, it’s very important to follow a few measures.  Take good care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

  1. Wash your hands frequently

It’s important to cleanse your hands frequently. Use a hand sanitizer that has 60% alcohol at least.

  1. Avoid contact with people who are sick. Maintain at least three feet distance between the person infested
  2. De-infect your living area and get rid of all the contaminants.
  3. Use disposable tissue papers while sneezing or coughing and throw them to the bins properly.
  4. Avoid touching your eye, nose, and mouth.
  5. If your fever persists for 3 or more days accompanied by dry cough, make sure you report it to the nearest hospital and get checked for possible COVID 19 virus infection.
  6. If you have a respiratory symptom like coughing or sneezing, wear a face mask so that it would prevent droplets of saliva containing virus falling on to the floor.
  7. Avoid places that have large gatherings like Markets, theatres, stadiums. It could potentially expose you to danger.
  8. Stay indoors if there’s an outbreak in your area. Many companies are giving their employees a work-from-home option.
  9. Do not believe in WhatsApp Forwards or Social media posts about the Coronavirus update. There is a lot of misinformation on these channels. Report those who spread misinformation and rumors.

Remain Relaxed

Amidst all the panic surrounding the Coronavirus, it’s important not to stress yourselves. Do not venture out if your area is affected. Keep stock of sufficient sanitizers and disinfectants, as they are pretty much in demand.

Remain patient, relax yourself with activities like Yoga, Meditation, playing online card games which not only divert your attention but also prevents boredom.

What are the medicines for Coronavirus?

At present, there are no vaccines for Coronavirus. The treatment involves giving medicines that reduce body temperature, providing fluids continuously. People who are critically ill would need breathing assistance. However, continuous research is on simultaneously to find out solutions for COVID 19