3 Health Lessons Learnt from Covid-19

Better Hygiene Is Essential

3 Health Lessons Learnt from Covid-19 centre around, essential hygiene, weight management and a strong immune system. It is perfectly true, as many great thinkers have stated, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the fact that it must be lived forwards and doing do can be very difficult at the time. 

That’s certainly true of the COVID-19 pandemic. Back in January, when we were all looking forward to a great new year, the world knew almost nothing about SARS-COV-2. Fast-forward more than half a year, and we know a LOT more. More than we’d like in some cases. And the world is still learning more every day about a disease that’s proving especially tricky to handle, and how to live with it. 

There are some important health lessons that can already be learned – and should be – that actually apply to life in general that coronavirus has shared this year. It’s a terrible thing, but some good can come from it. 

Here’s a look at three of the biggest health lessons to be learned (so far) from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

3 Health Lessons Learnt from Covid-19

Better Hygiene Is Essential 

 People have known for decades that general personal hygiene, and especially hand washing, can help prevent infection. It’s the reasons that surgeons ‘scrub up’ and wash their hands (and arms) for several minutes before operating. Yet, somewhere along the way, a lot of us forgot what our mothers taught us and got rather lax about hand washing. 

Maybe it’s because we were too busy, or moving too fast, but whatever the reason before COVID-19 hit a lot of us did not wash our hands enough. And even when we did it was a quick pass under the tap, rather than a good lather job. 

COVID-19 has changed that. We’ve all now been hearing for months how important it is that we wash our hands frequently (and that our kids do too.) And not only has this simple act helped slow down the rate of corona-virus spread but, if we stick to it, it will slow down the transmission of common colds and flu as well. 

3 Health Lessons Learnt from Covid-19

Your Weight Matters 

3 Health Lessons Learnt from Covid-19

Before we get started, no one is body shaming here. We know it can be very hard to lose weight. But COVID-19 is showing us, more than ever, why it’s so important to keep trying. 

The unfortunate fact is that, across the world, overweight and obese people have been some of the worst affected by the harsher symptoms of COVID-19. 

By now, you’ve likely heard that older adults and people with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, are more vulnerable to developing a severe case of COVID-19.

 But, even if you feel healthy, just being heavily overweight can increase your risk of severe illness if you contract COVID-19. A growing number of studies have found this, and while the reason for the connection is still being investigated (as is much about SARS-COV-2 in general) there is no doubt that the risk is there. 

Making extra efforts to lose weight won’t just help protect you from serious coronavirus complications. It will also reduce your risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes as well. 

3 Health Lessons Learnt from Covid-19

 Self-Care is Important 

Medical professionals around the world are worried about the ‘side effects; the pandemic, and the restrictions that have been accompanying it, are having on the population, even the very healthy people. 

 Globally suicides, drug and alcohol overdoses and even domestic violence incidents have increased as the months have gone on. People are reporting higher levels of stress and for many, life in lockdown took – or is taking – a serious toll on their mental health. 

3 Health Lessons Learnt from Covid-19

 All of this highlights the importance of self-care. Not just physically, but mentally as well. Whatever else you do, or have to do, even when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, taking the time to take care of yourself is a must. 

 There’s no right way to do it. Maybe a run will help you. Or spending time reading a favorite book quietly. Or watching a silly, funny film that can take you away from reality for a while. Or Skyping with those friends and family members you still haven’t been able to see yet. Whatever makes you feel better and reduces your stress, do it. 

 Finally, don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you need it. It may be harder to physically see a doctor, but virtual medicine has adapted fast, and help, especially mental health help, is often now just a video call away. 

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