As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the globe at a rapid pace, there has been growing concern that people with underlying medical conditions such as cancer may be disproportionately affected.
The fact is that patients aren’t just missing out on vital care, but funding research has been hit hard by the current COVID-19 crisis.
The coronavirus pandemic is a global crisis. Yet, research has shown people living with cancer are at risk of developing more severe complications from COVID-19.
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It is also claimed that some cancer patients are at a higher risk of getting coronavirus infection since they are immunosuppressed. When people are immunocompromised, their body has reduced ability to fight off or recover from infections.
What cancer patients can do to boost immunity and protect themselves against COVID-19
Currently, everyone is advised to stay at home and adhere to the recommended precautions, and it is equally imperative for cancer patients to take charge of their health and take steps to stay fit during the lockdown period.
However, here are a few lifestyle tips that cancer patients can follow to help improve their immunity, stay healthy during the COVID-19 criris.
Cancer patients should opt for a healthy and well-balanced diet. Include all the essential nutrients in daily diet. Eat foods such as tomatoes, carrots, pumpkin, green leafy vegetables that are jam-packed with iron and calcium and cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli).
Going for fruits like banana, peach, berries, pear and oranges that help you get that much-needed vitamin C can increase immunity. Bid adieu (bye-bye) to deep-fried, oily, spicy, processed, preserved and sugary foods. Add ginger, garlic, and turmeric in the food to help boost immunity. Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water.
It is essential to stay physically active. Not exercising can lead to the loss of body function, muscle weakness and limited range of motion. So, improve your balance and reduce your risk of falls by exercising daily.
Try to do your daily chores by leading an active lifestyle. This will allow you to improve your self-esteem as well. Exercising can also lessen your feeling of nausea, a common side effect of cancer treatment. Thus, you will be able to maintain an optimum weight, avoid feeling fatigued and enhance your quality of life.
But, remember to speak to your doctor before undertaking any exercise regime. This is important because you will be suggested an exercise program based on the stage of cancer and your strength, stamina and flexibility.
Other exercises that you can do at home are walking, light stretching and yoga. But avoid doing rigorous activities. If you encounter pain while exercising then immediately stop it.
Take charge of your mental well-being
See to it that you meditate to calm yourself down. Do not panic owing to coronavirus outbreak. Stay in touch with your family members via phone. Spend some ‘ME’ time by doing activities that you like.
Structure your schedule – read, write, listen to music or opt for gardening. Do not get bogged down. Make a list of activities you would want to do throughout the day. Maintain a journal and write down your thoughts and feelings.
Maintain social distance and good hygiene
If your family members are sick, see to it that they cover their mouths while coughing or sneezing. Also, you must cover your mouth while sneezing or coughing as well.
Dispose of the tissues used to cover the mouth while sneezing or coughing. Maintain good personal hygiene. Do not touch your face, nose or even mouth if you haven’t washed your hands.
Clean or disinfect objects that you tend to touch frequently. Restrict visitors at home and maintain social distance at home by staying 6 feet away from people.
Take your medicines
Make sure you don’t skip your medications and stay in touch with your doctor. Also, do not believe in rumours or exert yourself, instead, rest as much as you can. Try to avoid reading news that is distressing.
Please stay safe!!!