The coronavirus is spreading all over the world and no one seems to be safe. In the meantime, the number of infections in our country also continue to rise. Scientists all over the world are looking for a vaccine against COVID-19. As long as there is no vaccine, we will need to be extra careful to try and limit the spread of infections as much as we can. In this overview, you can read what you need to know about the corona virus and we give tips on how to protect yourself against infection. Below you can find our range of mouth masks, hand gels and dietary supplements to boost your resistance, along with other products to protect yourself! #StaySafe
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What exactly is the coronavirus?
At the end of December 2019, an outbreak of a new corona virus (COVID-19) started in the Wuhan region of China. Since then, the virus has also spread to other countries, including in Europe. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can infect humans and certain animals, including birds and mammals such as camels, cats and bats. Some coronaviruses can be transmitted between animals and humans. So far it has been shown that seven coronaviruses can also cause an infection in humans. When animal coronaviruses evolve, infect humans, and spread further between humans, it can lead to outbreaks such as MERS-CoV and SARS.
Symptoms of the coronavirus
Common signs of infection are respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death. Preliminary figures show that in more than eight out of ten patients, symptoms remain mild and the disease disappear on its own.
Who is at risk for coronavirus?
Although not enough was known about the coronavirus a few months ago, it seemed that the elderly and people with existing chronic conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure) are more at risk of getting infected by the coronavirus. It now appears that almost everyone is susceptible to the virus. However, it is mainly a threat to high-risk groups, as they have a higher risk of dying from the coronavirus.
What can I do to prevent infection?
A good personal hygiene en avoiding contact with people who have been infected is key.
1. Regularly wash your hands with soap and do this as thoroughly as possible, for about 40 to 60 seconds. Don't forget to wash between your fingers and your nails. Use a hand gel when it is not possible to wash hands with soap and water.
2. If you have to cough, use a tissue. No tissue? Then cough in the inside of your elbow. In any case, try to avoid using your hands when you have to cough.
3. Use paper tissues when sneezing or blowing your nose and dispose of them in a lidded bin
4. Make sure to stay home when you are ill. Do not go to work and notify the people you have had recent contact with.
5. Avoid close contact with people (who are ill).
6. Try to avoid touching your face with your hands as much as possible, especially the eyes, nose and mouth. Once you have been infected, the hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose, or mouth. This will allow the virus to enter your body and make you sick.
7. Clean your hands regularly with a disinfecting hand gel. Use a hand gel after you have thoroughly washed your hands.
8. Contact a doctor or go to the hospital if you experience any symptoms and you have been in close contact with someone who has been infected.
What can I do to slow down the spread of the coronavirus? 🧍↔️🧍
1. Stay home as much as possible. Avoid unnecessary social contacts and respect the number of people you are allowed to see.
2. Wear a mouth mask in order to protect yourself and others.
3. Always practice social distancing. This means that you should keep a distance of 1.5 meters from people in public at any time.
4. Pay attention to groups that are at a high risk. These are people over 65 years old, diabetics, people with heart, lung or kidney disease, people with a weakened immune system, etc.
5. Children usually to not experience any (severe) symptoms when infected, but they can easily spread the virus. Contact between children and elderly people, for example grandparents, is therefore not recommended.
6. Avoid contact with people who are visibly ill and always keep sufficient distance. Never shake hands, kisses, or hugs when greeting people.
How important are mouth masks?
Wearing a face mask is mandatory in public places in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In this way, people who are not infected are protected and the spread of the virus can be limited.
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PROTECT YOURSELF AND BOOST YOUR RESISTANCE
It is of course recommended to keep your resistance high all year round. This will mean that you are less at risk of getting all kinds of diseases, not just the coronavirus, but also the flu for example. You can boost your immune system in several ways. You can find some tips below.
1. Eat healthily and drink enough water
We all know that a varied diet is necessary for a good health. A balanced diet ensures that you get enough of all the essential nutrients. Choose foods that are rich in vitamins E, A and C, iron, zinc and selenium. These vitamins and minerals give your natural resistance a real boost. You can find them in whole grains, vegetables, fruit, nuts, fish and dairy products. Are you not getting enough of these nutrients through your diet? Try adding a dietary supplement to your daily diet. Our body needs enough moisture to detect and remove pathogens, and for the transport of healthy substances through the body. Drinking enough water keeps your immune system strong! It is therefore important to drink that 1.5 to 2 liters of water per day. Avoid soft drinks and alcohol.
2. Reinforce your intestinal flora
Did you know that our intestinal flora is 80% responsible for the health of our immune system? The bacteria in our intestines react to unhealthy substances that enter our body and alert the defense mechanism. Probiotic foods such as yogurt or sauerkraut are perfect for maintaining a healthy intestinal flora. They ensure that the healthy intestinal bacteria can grow properly. Taking probiotics through a dietary supplement can also help to keep your intestinal flora healthy.
3. Get a good night's rest
Our immune system comes into action while we sleep. The body can fully focus on recovery without having to deal with 101 other tasks. A sufficiently long and quality sleep is therefore extremely important in maintaining a high resistance. Stress and fatigue are the two major culprits that cause your immune system to crumble. Are you having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Try adding a dietary supplement to help you.
4. Protect yourself by taking the right dietary supplements ⮟
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