COVID variant, omicron, has spread throughout the majority of the US, and many patients ask if they should be overly cautious or concerned. As always, our advice is to avoid fear-mongering and live your life to the fullest while following standard safety measures.
We realize it is difficult to relax and enjoy life when faced with a potential threat, but there’s an important, health-related reason we encourage our patients to “keep calm and live on.” That is, fear, stress, and anxiety can lower your ability to fight off disease.
We suggest that rather than worrying, patients put their energy into things they can actually control, which will positively impact their emotional and physical health. Here are some essential first steps.
- Get good quality sleep for optimal immune function, mental and physical health.
- Eat nutritious meals that include plenty of bright-colored, raw vegetables.
- Talk to your physician about adding vitamins B, C, and D, as well as zinc, to boost your immune system.
- Drink plenty of water as a necessary immune system booster.
- Get plenty of exercise and lots of fresh air.
- Try a media fast to cleanse your mind of the political aspects of the pandemic.
Making these healthy lifestyle adjustments will help you fight off colds, flu, and other coronaviruses. Not to mention, you will feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally.
The CDC is still collecting data on omicron. Yet, they currently report that “we have the tools to fight off this rapidly spreading variant.” You can learn more about the current data and recommended safety measures here. And if you are feeling ill, here is the CDC’s list of possible symptoms.