Because during this COVID season is not the only thing that increases its incidence, as also do other diseases such as the flu and the common cold, at Unotv.com we bring you 7 tips to take care of your health during the winter season.
How to prevent respiratory diseases in the cold season?
As you have surely already experienced, in some parts of the country the effects of several cold fronts and low temperatures have been felt, which is why authorities such as the Ministry of Health (headquarters) of the Mexico City some recommendations to avoid contracting any respiratory illness during the season:
Although it may seem obvious, the first and most important recommendation is that stay warm, they even recommend wearing up to three layers of clothing in order to prevent the heat from “escaping”, in addition to avoiding sudden changes in temperature, as they tend to be harmful.
2. Vitamin C
Also the best thing is drink lots of fluids, because not only does the cold tend to dry out, but also when we are hotter we will tend to dehydrate, so it is best to constantly drink liquids that help us recover. Right here foods containing vitamin C are includedwhich will help strengthen our defenses against a virus or other microbe.
3. Frequent washing
After several years of the pandemic, it’s a habit we should all have by now, but it never hurts to remember it, and it’s the frequent hand washing, which we recommend to avoid infectionsbecause you never know what would be where you touched or where to pass, because it remembers that infectious particles with COVID or flu they remain for some time in the environment and on surfaces.
4. Sneeze tag
Also another recurring point against COVID, and that is that when you sneeze or cough, do it “according to etiquette”, i.e. against the inside corner of your armthis way you will make sure that no particles come out, and also that nothing remains in your hands, which you could then transfer to an object you touch or to another person by shaking your hand.
5. Wear a mask
In some parts of the country, its use is already becoming mandatory, but Sedesa recommends that, even if it’s not where you are, use the mask in closed places, public transport and in open places with crowdsbecause in this way you avoid not only infecting yourself, but also infecting others, since you remember that you can have something and be asymptomatic.
6. Administrative Segregation
Even if you want to be brave, or not affect your colleagues, it’s a bad idea to keep coming to work in the office when you’re sick, so Authorities recommend self-isolation if you have symptoms of respiratory illness so as not to infect, in addition to going to the doctor and not self-medicating. You don’t want to be the culprit of infecting half the desktop.
7. Get vaccinated
Surely you already have all your COVID vaccines, but if not, we advise you to get it in the health centers where it is still available, too like the flu, if you haven’t caught it yet and you belong to one of the most vulnerable groupssuch as children from 6 months to 4 years 11 months, the elderly, pregnant women and people with comorbidities.
When to isolate?
As we have said before, various authorities, and even in some offices, the main recommendation is to avoid going to the workplace when you have symptoms of a respiratory illness such as:
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Sore throat or body
- Loss of smell or taste
At the same time, they advise avoid self-medication and better go to the nearest doctor or health centerWell, you don’t know what disease it is and how contagious it is, in addition to the fact that it is in these cases that you should use the mask the most.
What are the vulnerable groups?
Both when applying vaccines and when it comes to treatments, health authorities refer to vulnerable groups, and in case you still do not know who they refer to, we tell you:
- Children from 6 months to 4 years, 11 months
- Major adults
- Pregnant women
- People with comorbidities
- Diabetes mellitus
- Chronic lung disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Cardiovascular illnesses
- Renal failure
- Immunosuppression acquired during treatment
- People living with HIV/AIDS