Coronavirus also is known as COVID-19 are a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. It is an acute respiratory syndrome whose outbreak began in China. Because of the recent outbreak of this virus, not much is known about it even its vaccine. It starts with a fever, followed by a dry cough which are very common symptoms of normal flu and cold. However, after a week it leads to shortness of breath and some patients need hospital treatment.
Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and heart diseases are more likely to get affected.
How to Protect Yourself?
There are multifarious ways you can adopt to keep coronavirus at the bay which includes home remedies as well as other precautionary measures. Here are some of the home remedies that can prove to be effective:-
- Tulsi or Holy Basil
Tulsi is considered as a sacred plant in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. It helps in fighting off the symptoms like cold, cough, sore throat. In addition, it has numerous other health benefits as well. Tulsi can be consumed in many ways: one can pluck fresh leaves and eat orally, make a paste of it, boil two or three leaves of tulsi in 500 ml of water and then add one spoon of honey into it. It will work like magic. It is best recommended to use in the morning.
- Pudina or Peppermint
Pudina is another herb that can work wonders in treating coronavirus symptoms. The menthol in peppermint acts as a decongestant which clears out the mucus in your air passageway. This herb can be used in tea every day to keep the symptoms at bay. In addition, it enhances the digestive system and the digestion process and relieves headaches, diarrhea, and vomiting as well.
- Mulethi or Liquorice Root
One of the most widely used methods since ancient times for the treatment of respiratory problems is ‘Kadha’ also known as liquorice root. One can prepare this mixture by boiling a few sticks of liquorice in water and can also add liquorice root powder with honey. Apart from that, chewing the mulethi sticks can also be effective in treating respiratory illness including bronchitis, asthma, and cold.
- Haldi or Turmeric
Turmeric has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that boost your immune system and wash the toxins out of your body be it any injury or disease. It is best used by adding a little amount of Haldi powder in a cup of warm milk and taking 2 times a day. Other than giving relief to your flu-like symptoms, it also alleviates pain, fights off inflammation and aids in heart health.
- Black Pepper or Kali Mirch
It is the most widely used spices in the kitchen all over the globe due to its multiple benefits in health care as well in curing symptoms of viral infections. There are various methods to consume it. Drink black pepper tea, you can mix black pepper powder with honey and have it. It has been used for years for cough and cold-like symptoms because the piperine in it improves gut health thus keeping infections at bay.
These are some of the home remedies that every person can adopt free of cost despite spending huge amounts of money on medicines and hospitals if there are early symptoms. Apart from the home remedies, it is also very crucial to stay clean and healthy every time so that your body does not catch the infection easily.
What Should Be Done to Prevent Catching and Spreading Of The Virus?
- Wash your hands with soap and water at least every time you come from outside or carry hand sanitizer and use it frequently.
- Cover your mouth with disposable tissues or handkerchief while you cough and sneeze so that the droplets coming from your mouth does not spread into the air.
- Try not to touch your nose, eyes or face when your hands are not clean.
- Avoid going to public or crowded places like cinema halls, shopping malls which have a high chance of getting prone to the infection.
- Avoid shaking hands with people infected with the infection and maintain at least some distance from them.
Though there is no vaccination yet for this virus, however, all the precautionary measures above can assist in preventing severe problems or health conditions. Individuals play a crucial role themselves in preventing the spread of this virus by taking all the necessary measures of safety and security.
Scientists are working hard to know the virus and eradicate it as soon as possible.