First, you can limit your exposure to other people and the outside world by staying home and keeping your distance when you leave your house for groceries or a blast of fresh air. Second, you can take some steps to boost your immunity. While the COVID-19 virus, affects people of all ages and health statuses differently, the statistics are telling us that those people with underlying health conditions and older adults are at a greater risk for developing severe symptoms, hospitalization, and death. Translation: Weakened immunity is a factor in negative outcomes.
While having a healthy immune system may not determine whether or not you get the coronavirus, it may play a role in how sick you become if you should get it. For a little insight on understanding how best to bolster your immunity, we can look to the fundamental teachings of Chinese medicine. While this may seem ironic, as China is ground zero for this pandemic, its traditional medicine has a rich and nuanced history of treating febrile diseases (those that involve a fever).
During this coronavirus pandemic, is there a way to strengthen your immunity? The answer is yes. Because immune function is considered to be a kind of Qi, or energy, having strong energy in general is protective. Or to put it another way, if you become depleted or run down, the energy that goes into protecting you is also depleted. Knowing this, there are some things that you can do to safeguard your immunity.
Think about it; the first organ that’s affected by the COVID-19 virus? Your lungs. Having healthy lungs, then, is a way to boost your immunity. Deep relaxed breathing; exercise; avoiding breathing really cold air; and during this current pandemic, wearing a face mask are all ways to keep your lungs as healthy as possible.
The bottom line is that during this time of the COVID-19 virus when you feel like you have no control, there are a couple of things you can do. This includes staying away from others to decrease your risk of transmission, and taking really good care of yourself as a way to boost your immune system.