In the absence of a cure, maintaining social distances, healthy habits and a clean, safe environment can help.  Here are a few recommendations:

1) Attention to wellness and self-care habits
This may determine the degree of severity-- should you become infected with Covid-19. Therefore, prioritize good hydration, balanced eating, exercise, sleep and stress management. These are the pillars to good health and support the immune system. 

2) Practice deep breathing exercises
It is not only a proven stress and anxiety relief technique, it has been shown to enhance lung function. Although breathing is something the body naturally does, we typically breathe in and out only a fraction of our lung’s capacity. Thus, better breathing is a skill that can be honed. Regular breath work has other benefits, too. It can increase focus and oxygen flow and prime the body to release toxins more readily. 

3) Get more fresh air
Getting outdoors is important for kids and adults alike, especially now. Natural light and fresh air can boost your mood and respiratory function—especially when exercising outdoors.  Aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking or jogging, improves lung capacity, and benefits immune function as well.  

When indoors, keep the windows open, even just a small amount in colder temperatures, to better ventilate indoor spaces and improve air quality-- which may help avert viral infection.  Like most prevention and management measures, good ventilation does not provide foolproof protection, but it can help reduce the exposure to airborne viral particles. 

4) Frequent cleaning of hands and home environments
Additionally,  the washing of clothes, outerwear and bedding can also help remove viral particles that may have deposited on surfaces and fabrics. Don’t forget to regularly sanitize often-touched surfaces --such as doorknobs, light switches, faucets, cabinet handles, refrigerator doors, remote controls, keyboards, phones and keys. But, remember to keep the hand sanitizers, disinfectants and cleaning products away from children.  Poison control centers are experiencing an uptick in calls, during the pandemic, related to accidental ingestions of these products by children.

References
COVID-19: Resources for Households. (2020, March 6)

Elias, B., Shen, C., & Bar-Yam, Y. (2020). Respiratory Health for Better COVID-19 Outcomes.

Peterson L.A., R. N. (2017, March 23). Decrease stress by using your breath

Rush University Medical Center. 8 Tips for Healthy Lungs, March 15, 2020

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities, February 14, 2020

 

These materials are provided to you by Blythedale Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s
Eat Well, Be Well Nutrition Outreach Program.
For more tips and information, please visit www.blythedale.org/kohls.

Kohl's Eat Well, Be Well Program

Blythedale Children's Hospital, through the generosity of Kohl’s Department Stores, is proud to offer Blythedale and Kohl's Eat Well, Be Well, an innovative outreach program designed to bring health and nutrition education to schools throughout Westchester and Putnam counties. Through this program, Blythedale staff members teach healthy eating habits to children by providing curricula, training and educational tools to school districts throughout the area. The program provides general nutrition guidelines to students, parents and school faculty. Blythedale Children's Hospital offers experts in nutrition and health-education to speak with local parenting groups, PTAs and school personnel.

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