Our Experts Weigh In: Doctor Advice for Staying HealthyArticle posted in: Lifestyle
Here at the South Beach Diet, we’re all about giving you what you need to stay healthy. Whether it’s our easy recipes, fitness advice or science-backed tips from our health and wellness experts, you can count on us to be here for you when you need it most. We spoke directly with a doctor for some essential tips, tricks and advice on staying healthy during these stressful and scary times.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to sweep the nation and is keeping many Americans at home in an effort to prevent the spread. Cassandra Phillips DO is here to tell you about the importance of social distancing and to provide doctor advice for staying healthy at home.
Social or physical distancing can help slow down the spread of contagious disease. “COVID-19 is highly contagious and is easily spread from person to person,” says Dr. Philips. “Social distancing reduces the opportunity for the virus to spread and decreases strain on the healthcare system.” She explains that social distancing helps to “flatten the curve” and decrease the amount of people who are sick at one time. Staying home is your best bet. However, if you must go in public, Dr. Phillips recommends staying more than six feet away from other people.
Showing Symptoms? Stay Home! But even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms, Dr. Phillips explains that you could still be carrying the virus. “Symptoms for COVID-19 can take up to 14 days to present,” she says. This means that you could be passing along the virus to other people without even knowing. If you have been around anyone who has been diagnosed with the virus, self-quarantining is essential.
“COVID-19 is incredibly contagious, being spread through respiratory droplets, and also staying on some surfaces for up to 72 hours,” says Dr. Phillips. Washing your hands correctly and practicing good hygiene can help prevent the spread of sickness. Dr. Phillips recommends using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have any soap nearby, hand sanitizer is another acceptable option. Make sure to wash up after blowing your nose, sneezing or going to the bathroom. “Avoid touching your face, eyes or nose and wipe down surfaces that you’ve been in contact with,” she explains.
Diet and Exercise
“Being at home during this pandemic is a good time to focus on your nutrition to ensure overall health and to boost your immune system,” says Dr. Phillips. Her doctor advice includes creating a healthy grocery list that’s filled with fresh produce, lean meats and whole grains. Regular physical activity is also essential for maintaining health. “Exercise is a good way to improve your immune system while also reducing stress,” she says. Check out these four home activities to stay fit while social distancing. >
Sleep and Stress
Even if you are working from home and don’t have to commute to the office, you should still keep up with your sleeping schedule and normal routine. “During this time of high anxiety and uncertainty, it’s important to practice good sleep hygiene in order to feel rested, both mentally and physically,” says Dr. Phillips. She recommends keeping the same bedtime and waking time to maintain structure during your workday.
Stress can also take a toll on mental and physical health. Dr. Phillips explains, “it’s important to find time and activities that will help relieve stress.” Show yourself some love and do a little self care. Start a new exercise routine, pet your dog, go for a nature hike, start a garden, meditate or pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read. Watch your favorite movie and stay connected with your loved ones through video chat and phone calls. Need some more ideas? Check out these five ways to practice self care at home. >
Thank you to Dr. Phillips and all healthcare workers for their service.
*If you are experiencing any symptoms or have any health-related questions pertaining to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), consult with your physician and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.