Mumbai: Did you get infected with Coronavirus, recently? Then, you will have to take the utmost care of yourself, as Diwali is around the corner. It will be imperative for you to strictly follow the COVID norms and not allow any visitors to the house. Now that the unlock phase has begun, you must avoid stepping out of the house and going to public places. Also, stay away from crackers as the pollution will further damage your lungs.
It is no brainer that Coronavirus cases may spike during festivals. Now, Diwali is around and yes, everyone must be excited to celebrate it. But, if you are one of them who is just back on track after contracting COVID-19 infection then be careful. It won’t be a good idea to step out of the house or celebrate it like you do every year. You will have to do it in a minimal way this time.
During Diwali, not only COVID patients, but those with allergy, asthma, bronchitis, and even Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) should be careful as the bursting of firecrackers will take a toll on the lungs. Likewise, there are many COVID patients who are experiencing post-COVID-19 syndrome. Many of them with the low viral load still have a weakness, fever, diarrhoea, or even loss of taste and smell. Those patients who were seriously infected with COVID-19 may still encounter breathlessness, chest tightness, pneumonia, lung fibrosis, and even other lung problems. It is the need of the hour to take essential steps during Diwali to stay in top shape.
Here is how COVID patients can stay safe during Diwali:
Do not wear a cloth mask instead preferably opt for N 95 mask
Yes, you have heard it right! The pollutants and dust particles can enter through the cloth mask. Hence, N 95 will provide the best protection to you. You can also consult your doctor regarding the right kind of mask for you.
Do not venture out of the house
Since it is Diwali, many people may want to go shopping or visit their relatives. But, if you recently had COVID then avoid doing so. Do not gather in public places. Stay at home and stay safe. Close your windows will at home to keep away the air and noise pollution.
Avoid guests at home
Avoid relatives at home during Diwali. You must rest enough, take your medication on time, and go for regular follow-ups. Stock up your medication so that you will not have to step out of the house.
Build a strong immunity
Eat foods that are good for your lungs. Eat a diet loaded with Fiber. Add beans, legumes, quinoa, broccoli, apples, and even green leafy vegetables to your diet. Berries, tomatoes, and even ginger will be a good option. Stay away from processed, spicy, oily, and junk food. Opt for green tea that is rich in antioxidants and drink enough water.
Dr. Prashant Borade is the Head of Critical Care Unit, Global Hospitals, Mumbai. He has 18 years of experience acquired in the specialty of Critical Care Medicine including a special interest in organ transplant intensive care medicine, which is evolving rapidly and undoubtedly the future of modern medicine globally.
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