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Since late 2019, the outbreak of Covid-19 spread to many countries in the world within a time span of only a few months . Malaysia also practiced a Movement Control Order to control the spread of viral infection. By now, a lot of people know to practice three important steps to prevent the spread of the virus, including wearing a face mask, washing hands frequently and keeping social distance. However, are these steps sufficient to reduce the risk of getting infection? Besides the steps as mentioned above, we can do more to prevent the spread of infection and protect ourselves from infection.
1. Social distancing while moving
During the epidemic prevention period, we must keep social distance while going out. However, the recommended 1-2 meter distance is only applicable when we stay still. When people are moving, for example walking, jogging or cycling, will create air speed. This makes the droplets able to stay in the air for a longer time or able to spread further (in the picture below, the colourful spots represent droplets). Therefore, experts suggest to keep staying side by side or keep a larger distance when walking front and back.
2. Increased vitamin D level
New viral outbreak was first detected in December 2019. It was the winter season, where people had the least sunlight exposure and led to insufficient vitamin D levels. Vitamin D deficiency has been found to contribute to acute respiratory distress syndrome. Experts also suggest consuming extra vitamin D during the viral outbreak period to reduce the risk of viral infection.
3. Quit smoking
We all know that smoking does not provide any beneficial health to the body, and even will make it more vulnerable to more diseases and weaken the immune system. Thus, smokers are in higher risk of viral infection in the latest epidemic. Latest study also revealed that smokers are exposed to nearly double the higher risk of progression of the infectious disease. This is because smoking causes inflammation and makes the lungs to have persistent chronic inflammation. Due to the weakened immunity, smokers are more susceptible to virus, when combined with the existing chronic inflammation in their lungs, infected smokers are associated with progression of viral infection. In Malaysia, health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah stated, compared to non-smoker, infected smokers are more likely to develop severe disease.
4. Balanced diet
Balanced nutrition can ensure a healthy body. In order to prevent infection, we must strengthen our immune system. Instead of a single nutrient, we must have balanced and complete nutrition to improve immunity. Therefore, we must ensure sufficient protein, vitamins and minerals in our daily diet. GSure is a plant-based complete nutrition with high protein, vitamins and minerals which help to strengthen the immune system.
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- Patanavanich, R. and Glantz, S.A., 2020. Smoking is associated with COVID-19 progression: A meta-analysis. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
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