We’re all worried about getting and potentially spreading coronavirus. And although we’ve all heard and are adhering to CDC recommendations, you might be wondering what more you can do to keep your family safe from coronavirus. Here are five unique ways to keep your family safe from coronavirus.
Work from home
Much of the world is experiencing unemployment or furloughing as a result of businesses closing. If this describes you, have hope. There may be freelance jobs you can find and handle from the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to put yourself at risk as an Uber or Lyft driver to make extra money.
Instead, consider checking out a freelance marketplace like Upwork to see if you can market skills you already have. If not, you may consider starting a YouTube or TikTok channel to make some extra money from ads. Working from home can help you make money without putting yourself at risk of getting sick.
Avoid “fake news”
There’s a lot of misinformation surrounding the virus, and there are quite a few conspiracy theories that can be dangerous. For example, there are people who actually believe the virus itself is a hoax and people aren’t getting sick at alarming rates.
Such a theory can cause more people to engage in risky behavior and put themselves and others at risk. Be sure to get your news from reputable sources to avoid harmful recommendations and unwarranted panic.
Make your own masks
You can actually have fun with the entire family by making your own masks. Most leaders are recommending wearing masks out in public but supplies are sparse. On the other hand, you probably have the resources at home to make your own masks today. And you can have fun with different colors and styles. Homemade masks do not offer the same protection as an N95 or N100 mask, but they are better than nothing.
Focus on gut health
There’s a strong link between gut health and immunity, so it’s no surprise that gut health supports the immune system. It’s not going to prevent the virus, but it may have a positive impact on how your body handles it if you do get it.
To strengthen your gut health, avoid things like sugar, refined carbohydrates, and alcohol. Somewhat surprisingly, and thankfully, you don’t have to avoid coffee. Research has shown that people who drink coffee actually have a more diverse microbiome. So, in this case, the health effects of caffeine are good.
Another way to strengthen your immune system is to exercise daily. It’s a great way to connect with the family too. Go for a socially-distanced hike, run or bike ride with the family to get your blood flowing and benefit your lungs. And let’s face it. Exercise is a great excuse to get out of the house and get some fresh air. You may not be able to hang out with your friends and neighbors, but you can wave from a distance as you zip by.
The coronavirus has us all on edge, but if we practice social distancing and appropriate protection and hygiene methods, we should be able to prevent getting and spreading the virus while we’re in this at-risk period.
Even if you’re not worried about getting the virus yourself, we should all do what we can to protect the most vulnerable among us.