Maintaining Good Health in The Age of Coronavirus

The guidelines for maintaining good health in the age of coronavirus, social distancing and working from home are largely the same as usual: eat right, exercise and get a good night’s sleep.

Nutrition experts say it’s important to plan, too, before trekking to the supermarket. That way, Americans can ensure they pick up the right things, and also avoid panic-buying or wiping out communal supplies, according to TIME Magazine. Take inventory of what’s already in a pantry, and then plan around these items to create meals consisting of a starch, a protein and produce.

Then, there’s stress eating. The best defense against it is to try to channel those feelings elsewhere, like by talking with a good friend or reading a good book.

“Proper nutrition is important when your daily routine has been thrown off,” said Gina Salvatori, a registered dietitian with CHC Solutions. “We should continue to eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and whole grains, as well as following our bodies cues to eat when hungry and stop when full. This will help to curb grazing on empty calories throughout the day. “

In terms of exercising, it might be difficult – or impossible – to get to the local gym, but Americans should remember to walk, run and bike outside, as long as they keep a safe distance from other people. Managing stress and anxiety also is important when it comes to getting enough sleep. Sleep, by the way, is important to multiple aspects of a person’s health.

Research says the new coronavirus can live on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for 72 hours, cardboard for 24 hours and copper for four hours, TIME Magazine said. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says surfaces aren’t the main way the virus spreads, remember to wipe down door knobs, railings and faucets, in addition to regular household upkeep.

It’s also important to wash hand towels frequently and remove shoes or coats as soon as a person enters the home.

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