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Senior citizens boost your resistance to combat Covid 19

Senior citizens boost your resistance to combat Covid 19

Preventive measures to be taken by senior citizens to protect themselves from Coronavirus and the difference between a cold, flu and Covoid 19

By IANSlife Features

March 26, 2020 (IANSlife) Senior citizens have higher chances of succumbing to the novel Coronavirus due to their lower immunity system.

As the pandemic spreads like wild here, the elderly should take extra precautions at home, besides refraining from steeping out of their houses. Dr Vivek Chandel, Wellness Manager at Fazlani Natures Nest, lists down the difference between coronavirus (CoV) and cold and flu and some preventive measures for them to combat the deadly virus.

CoV Versus Cold and flu

                                                       Cold                                                                            Flu                                                                                   COVID-19     

Incubation period                        1-3 days                                                                   1-4 days                                                                               2-14 days   

Onset of symptoms                     Gradual                                                                     Abrupt                                                                                 Gradual

Typical illness duration              7-10 days                                                                 3-7 days                                                                             Undetermined

Severity of symptoms         Gradual onset of symptoms                                Abrupt onset of symptoms                                                           Mild to severe

Fever                                            Rare                                                                       Common                                                                                Common

Cough  Mild                                 Dry                                                                           cough                                                                                  Dry cough

Aches and pains                      Common                                                                   Common                                                                               Sometimes

Runny or stuffy nose              Common                                                                   Sometimes                                                                                 Rare

Diarrhoea                                     No                                                                          Sometimes                                                                                Rare

Headaches                                 Rare                                                                          Common                                                                            Sometimes

Shortness of breath                    No                                                                               No                                                                                  Sometimes


Preventive measures

·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

·         Flex your elbow, whenever you cough or sneeze.

·         Avoid social gatherings.

·         Keep your throat moist, drink plenty of water.

·         Drink hot water frequently or herbal decoctions (ginger/tulsi/ turmeric)

·         Practice breathing exercises, pranayamas (bhramari, nadi shodhana), meditation to keep your mind and body relaxed, as it promotes healing.

·         Take enough rest, so that the body can produce cytokines, a major component of the immune system to fight against inflammations.

·         Eat healthy and fresh food, avoid processed foods and animal flesh.

·         Expose your body to the sun daily for 20 minutes.

·         Include fibres in your diet, eat vitamin C rich fruits and juices (amla/orange/lime) to boost your immunity.


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