COVID-19 is circulating in the UK and it looks like it will be here for some time a second peak is predicted for winter 2020. The government, NHS and other private healthcare providers are mostly concentrating on testing numbers and contact tracing and rightly so this is what is needed for the communities living in the UK.
As an individual what can you do against to mitigate the hazards if you get infected with COVID-19? If you become infected, you will be tested to confirm if you have COVID-19. Currently there are few treatment options for the infection and you mostly have to let the infection run its course much like seasonal flu.
As an individual you can take steps to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 hazards such as hospitalisation, ventilation and death. The risk factors that result in the infection causing such hazards when infected are obesity, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, smokers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the elderly.
If you have one of these risk factors instead of worrying about what the Government and the NHS are doing take steps to protect yourself against the hazards of the infection by tackling the risk factors that will make the infection far worse if you become infected.
If you’re obese start exercising and dieting, if you’re diabetic get a review to make sure your type of diabetes is not getting worse, if you have cardiovascular disease start taking steps today to ensure the disease does not deteriorate and if you smoke quit.
In this pandemic you’re not helpless it’s not just about how many tests the government can do or what type of test are available. It’s now about YOUR HEALTH if you actually get infected with COVID-19 and you can do something about it.