Five coronavirus prevention tips you should follow, according to our doctors
Coronavirus tips; in this article, you will find the most important prevention tips you should follow to help reduce the risk of getting a Covid-19 infection.
After months of this ongoing Coronavirus pandemic that seems never-ending, preventive measures remain paramount. Therefore, in today’s article, we share with you the best coronavirus prevention tips which may help you to reduce the risk of getting this infection. In fact, these are the tips that our doctors wish you would follow. These are our top five coronavirus prevention tips:
Five science-based actions that can lower your chances of becoming infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus
1) Get your Covid-19 vaccine as soon as it’s available
Fortunately, coronavirus vaccines are successfully being developed, even against all odds and in record-breaking time. Moreover, the following vaccines have shown to be highly efficient, reaching effective rates above 90%: Pfizer/BioNtech, Oxford/Aztra Seneca, and Moderna. Therefore, we recommended that you get your Covid-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available in your area. Most likely, one of these coronavirus vaccines will be available both in Mexico and the United States in late December 2020 or early January 2021. Remember there is no basis to be reluctant towards vaccination, and there are two good reasons to do so. First, keep in mind that these three vaccines have had safe and positive Phase III results. Second, be conscious that the Covid-19 pandemic is still a grave and growing threat. Thus, getting your vaccine as soon as possible is the most effective way to protect yourself against this virus.
2) Get the flu vaccine; the intranasal flu vaccine could provide some protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus
According to Dr. Robert Gallo, Director of the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology, getting the flu vaccine is a good option. Specifically, Dr. Gallo believes that getting the intranasal flu vaccine (a live vaccine) could provide some protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Similarly, there are several studies that show that live attenuated vaccines provide some protection against pathogens different from the ones they were designed for. In addition, getting protected against a flu infection by itself is a good idea. This is important because just avoiding getting these two infections, the flu and Covid-19 at the same time, could save your life.
The Flu vaccines that are available in Mexico are the following:
|Vaccine name||Laboratory/Vendor||Who is this Flu vaccine for||Approximate Price range|
|Fluarix||Glaxo/Smith Kline||Babies 6 months or older, children and adults.||$|
|Inflexal||Alpharma||Babies 6 months or older, children and adults.||$|
|Agrippal S1||Novartis||Babies 6 months or older, children and adults.||$|
|Fluad||Novartis||Adults who are 55 or older. People with chronic conditions such as diabetes, respiratory and cardiovascular ilnesses.||$|
|Fluvirin||Novartis||For children 4 years old and above, and for all adults. Effective against Flu viral type A and B.||$|
|Fluzone||Sanofi-Aventis||For babies 6 months old and above, and for all adults. Effective against Flu virus type A and B.||$40 – $100 USD
$800 – $1900 Mexican pesos
|Flushield||WYETH||For babies 6 months old and above, and for all adults. Effective against Flu virus type A and B.||$|
|Vaxigrip||Sanofi-Aventis||For babies 6 months old and above, and for all adults. Effective against Flu virus type A and B.||$35 – $50 USD
$700 – $1000 Mexican pesos
Out of these vaccines, our doctors at CMQ Hospitals recommended getting the “Fluzone” Flu vaccine from Sanofi-Aventis, for all adults and adults with chronic conditions. Our doctors recommended this vaccine as it has a good effective rate and mild to no side effects.
3) Use and inhale a saline solution that contains calcium
Now that we know for sure that the coronavirus is airborne, we should adopt measures to prevent its further spread. Therefore, the question is: is there a simple measure we can take to prevent the spread and transmission of Covid-19? According to Dave A. Edwards, professor of biomedical engineering at Harvard, there is indeed one. Specifically, Professor Edwards recommends inhaling a special saline solution containing calcium. Inhaling a calcium-rich saline solution can fortify your airways, creating two positive effects:
- Inhaling this type of saline solution can reduce the number of aerosol droplets that a person exhales.
- In addition, it can also reduce the chances that droplets containing the virus can travel through your upper airway and into your lungs.
Fortunately, these two positive results can actually help to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Due to these facts, we recommend inhaling a calcium-rich saline solution twice a day.
The saline solution that is available in the US, that we recommend for this purpose is: Fend Nasal Spray.
The saline solution that is available in Mexico, that we recomment for this purpose is: Sterimar Cobre.
4) Keeping a humidity level at home between 40% and 60% can make a difference
Invariably, the arrival of winter brings a decline in humidity levels and an increase in dry and cold air. Unfortunately, several studies have shown that viruses (in droplets), such as Covid-19, can travel further in drier air. In addition, viruses can remain stable for a longer time when humidity levels are below 40%. Consequently, keeping your house with a humidity level between 40% and 60% can make a difference and protect you from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Thus, getting a small humidifier and keeping it at home or at least in your room, is a good preventive measure.
5) Take vitamin D supplements and get some hours of sunshine
Vitamin D is an important compound for our health, as it helps to boost our immune system. As it’s well known, having a strong immune system can help to prevent getting viral infections such as Covid-19. Therefore, we recommend for you and your family members to take a vitamin D supplement, which will fortify your immune defenses and response. Specifically, children should take 50 UI (International Units) per kilogram of body weight. Adults, on the other hand, should take 4,000 UI per day. In general, the goal both for children and adults is to get a sufficient concentration of vitamin D in their blood. The vitamin D supplements that we recommend and that you can get in Mexico are the following:
- Histofil, 4000 UI. Take one per day, every day during three months.
- Caltrate 600 + D. Take one per day, every day during three months.