- What can we do to control coronavirus?
- WHO COVID-19 Situation Report 02-03-2021
- COVID Conspiracy Theories
- COVID-19 IS REAL, IT IS VERY INFECTIOUS
- COVID-19 Risk visualisation videos
- What can we do against coronavirus
- What we can do now
What can we do to control coronavirus?
Over 2.6 million new cases were reported last week, a 7% increase compared to the previous week, following six consecutive weeks of declines. Whilst UK’s new cases following downwards trend, we need to be cautious as we have seen the continued cases of more transmissible variants.
For individuals, we need to remind ourselves “avoiding crowds, physical distancing, hand hygiene, masks and ventilation”.
The prime minister announced all UK adults should be offered a first dose of vaccine by the end of July, this is a great achievement. However, fear of unknown might prevent some people to take this great opportunity.
We need to take personal responsibility
Medical team are exhausted, it’s high time all of us took our own responsibility to protect ourselves and others.
Medical team are asking people to stop “bending” the rules because it’s leading to people in their 20s, 30s and 40s dying. “Even if you don’t think you are doing any harm by bending the rules a little, you are. It has a knock-on effect.”
WHO COVID-19 Situation Report 02-03-2021
The UK, numbers of new cases continue to decreased this week by 17.5% compared with previous week, whilst the numbers of deaths decreased by 32.3% form previous week. Highest weekly new infection recorded 12/01/21 at 417,620, within 2 months, UK’s new cases decreased by 84%.
We are responsible for our own well-being
Life will never be the same, we need to make adjustments to live life with-corona. It is important to remind ourselves that we are responsible for our own well-being, we need to take personal responsibility. This would include receiving vaccines when we are invited.
COVID Conspiracy Theories
Most of our guests have been co-operative in creating safer environment at The Rufus House, however we notice that there are some people who deny the existence of this very infectious disease.
“COVID-19 is a hoax, why are you so strict!” said one of the guests. I did not know then that COVID Conspiracy Theories existed.
COVID-19 IS REAL, IT IS VERY INFECTIOUS
Asymptomatic people without any COVID-19 symptoms, could infect others without knowing.
Long COVID symptoms
Even young and healthy, some patients are left struggling with “long COVID symptoms” including lasting fatigue, persistent pain and breathlessness for months.
COVID-19 Risk visualisation videos
COVID-19 is a very infectious disease, asymptomatic person can infect others without knowing that he/she has virus.
It is rather difficult to visualise how virus can spread. I found those COVID-19 Infection Risk visualisation videos by NHK very useful in creating safer environment.
What can we do against coronavirus
We have lived with New Coronavirus for some time, science gained enough knowledge on “how to stay safe” by reducing the risk of being infected.
As far as we keep taking those personal responsibilities, we do not need to fear coronavirus.
- Avoid Confined spaces ⇒Ventilate air
- Avoid Crowed places ⇒ use face coverings
- Avoid Close contact ⇒ 2m Social Distancing
- Other point:
Frequent hand wash, do not touch your face, do not share food/towels etc. and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
- Join vaccination programme.
Enhance immune system
To fight against any virus, it is recommended to enhance our innate immune system.
- Take Vitamin D supplement which enhance immune system: Vitamin D 1000 IU (25μg) daily, softgel capsules are easier to swallow.
- Balanced diet: Lots of vegetables, fruits & root vegetables. Eggs, fish, mushrooms & beans.
- Daily exercise: Daily walk using five senses, be comfortable with warm clothing and good walking shoes.
- If you practice yoga: practice one asana slowly and mindfully with full awareness to body’s sensations which stimulates sympathetic nervous system, then practice shava-asana pose to activate the parasympathetic nervous system which creates a relaxing effect. By practicing alternately, you can regain balance in autonomic nervous system, thus enhance your immune system.
- Warm your body : 🛀 Soak in hot bathtub before going to bed.
- Sufficient sleep 💤
Avoid the 3Cs by WHO
What we can do now
A new four-step plan to ease lockdown was announced this week, great news indeed. All legal limits on social contact could be lifted by 21 June, should strict conditions are met. The PM described the plan as a one-way road to freedom and added he could not guarantee it would be irreversible but the intention is that it should be.
Rightly so, as it is up to each of us, how we take personal responsibilities. It was reported, as the first data, on the UK’s coronavirus vaccine rollout suggested it was having a spectacular impact on stopping serious illness.
We all have to work together
First we need to control pandemic!
- Stay safe by avoiding Three Cs and practicing hygiene: one has to be responsible in reducing infection risk.
- Any doubt of infection, follow government guidelines. Strictly follow self-isolation procedure to protect other people.
- Try to overcome fear of unknown and receive vaccine when invitation arrives.
- Each of us needs to follow government instructions to control this pandemic. It is time each of us cultivated Altruism, not Egoism. We all need to work together to be safe, this would ultimately lead to recover UK economy.
Stay safe, but we do not need to be overanxious.
Etsuko Ito MSc.