Prevention of Corona virus

Prevention of the Coronavirus: Conservatively speaking and at this time, there are no known nutrients, botanicals, vaccines, or prescription or over-the-counter medicines available to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19. Any statements that claim otherwise (and there are many circulating online) should be considered false and misleading. Despite this, our community should be encouraged to employ the ancient knowledge of Ayurveda, which by nature upholds “prevention” as a core principle. We are all so fortunate to be able to use Ayurvedic tools and practices that can promote resistance to infection and provide symptomatic relief. With their focus on the total health and well-being of the individual, Ayurvedic teachings remain an enduring source of wisdom that we can continue to wholeheartedly embrace in these uncertain times.   An obvious first step toward preventing any type of viral infection is frequent hand washing. The virus can live on your hands for 5–10 minutes, and a lot can happen during that time—you can rub your eyes or put your fingers in your mouth without even realizing what you’re doing.   After being out in crowds, change out of your clothes wash them. Although research has yet to determine how long the coronaviruses can survive on soft surfaces like fabric, health experts recommend washing clothes with hot water with regular laundry detergent to avoid bringing viruses from outside into your home. Preliminary studies suggest that the virus is more likely to persist for hours or even days on hard surfaces such as plastic, glass, and metal, so clean frequently touched surfaces such as countertops, appliances, phones, and doorknobs daily with soap and water and household disinfectants.  As with all illnesses, getting adequate sleep is also very important: Shoot for at least  7 ½–8 hours per night.  Manage your stress. This is incredibly important as we know that fear and stress compromise our immune system’s ability to fight off pathogens. Practicing pranayama techniques like long deep breathes and alternate nostril breathing, as well as carving out time for yoga and meditation, can and will help with stress management.   Additional considerations: Be sure to stay hydrated—dry mucous membranes in your nose and throat are more vulnerable to viruses. Ayurveda recommends sipping warm liquids throughout the day, a practice that many of us have already adopted to support healthy digestion.

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Dear Dr. Minhaj Ahmed, Your article on Prevention of Corona Virus is important.

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