Are there Re- infection fears around COVID-19?

Written by Anshika Yadav

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We all are aware of the global pandemic going around, the most threatening health issue today. There has been a rising concern that this really became more than just a “SNAFU”! Although millions of people all around the world have been recovered from novel Coronavirus, the primary concern is whether there’s a chance of being reinfected by the virus, or they have developed immunity and if so, how long?

In late August, the first confirmed case of re-infection was recorded in Hong Kong and then subsequently in Nevada, US.

What do the researchers say?
The researchers who studied the reinfection case of COVID-19 said in a publication on a clinical infectious disease that their results suggest SARS-coV-2 may continue to circulate among the human population despite the immunity. WHO(World Health Organization) said it will continue to review the evidence on antibody responses to SARS-coV-2.

Must know facts:
Among the two forms of body’s immunity Innate and Adaptive, the Adaptive immunity consists of two types of WBCs T and B which detect molecular details specific to the virus and based upon that, mount a targeted response to it. T cells detect and kill those infected cells. B cells make antibodies thus, preventing the replication of the virus.

Yet, there are many cases where the amount of antibodies in the blood peaks during infection drops after the infection has cleared.
Which is even worse and aggravati

The Only Way:
The only thing which we can do as to prevent ourselves from getting affected by novel Coronavirus is to be entirely careful with the help of preventive measures.

Apart from sanitizing our hands and wearing masks, there are some crucial measures to be taken while we are at our homes amidst this pandemic:
• The individuals with pre-existing conditions of illness like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases etc. need to be taken uttermost care of themselves.
• Eat low carb diets, as this will help control high blood sugar and pressure. A low carb diet will help slow down diabetes and focus on a protein-rich diet to keep you in good shape.
• You can also eat supplements rich in omega
3 & 6 fatty acids for your daily dose. Some natural immunity supplements include ginger, gooseberries and turmeric
• Stay hydrated. Drink up to 8-10 glasses of water every day, to stay hydrated. Hydration will help flush out the toxins from the body and lower the chances of flu.
Distress Yourself ~
These are testing times, and a prolonged period of staying indoors has its implications on your mental wellbeing. The growing anxiety around the pandemic is another concern that is affecting millions across the globe. There are a few steps we can follow regularly to help relieve our stress, stress is known to have an adverse effect on immunity.
Meditation is a bliss
Too much stress releases the hormone known as cortisol, which impairs your response to immediate surroundings and makes your body susceptible to infections; you are left feeling constantly anxious. The best way to relieve stress is through meditation, it is a tried and tested activity to calm the nerves. If you need help meditating, then there are several channels on YouTube that have instructional resources to help you meditate.

• Supplements and immunity boosting foods
. If you’re concerned whether you are getting the right amount of nutrients from your diet, consult with your doctor about a supplementation regimen to boost your immune system. Here are a few common supplements and superfoods that can help.

Vitamin C
This particular vitamin is a crucial participant in the army of immunity. It helps prevent the common cold. It acts as a powerful antioxidant and protects against damage induced by oxidative stress. For severe infections, including sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), high dose intravenous vitamin C treatment has been shown to significantly improve symptoms in patients.

Vitamin D supplements have a mild protective effect against respiratory tract infections. Most people are deficient in Vitamin-D, so it’s best to consult with a doctor about taking a Vitamin D supplement to boost immune response.
Drink warm water throughout the day.
• Increase the intake of Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander and Garlic.
• Drink herbal tea or decoction of Holy basil, Cinnamon, Black pepper, Dry Ginger and Raisin.
• Apply Ghee (clarified butter), Sesame oil, or Coconut oil in both the nostrils to keep the nostrils clean.
• Inhale steam with Mint leaves and Caraway seeds.

Amidst all the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic is fought by our health care workers. As a responsible citizen we can do our bit by limiting our exposure to the virus by staying indoors, social distancing, eating healthy, hydrating and following basic hygiene protocol.

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