With all the uncertainty revolving around the novel coronavirus COVID-19, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Countries are reeling from the pandemic, and everyone has experienced a disruption in normal routine to a certain extent. Here are some tips to stay healthy:
1. Wash your hands often.
This should go without saying, but it needs to be said to make sure it stays at the forefront of your mind. It’s one of the simplest and most effective safeguards against all viruses, including COVID-19. Take the time to scrub your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water. Sing “Happy Birthday” to yourself to make sure you’re spending enough time lathering, especially if you’ve been out in public touching surfaces other people have touched. Even if you’re social distancing as much as possible and having necessities delivered or doing grocery store pick-ups, be mindful of opportunities for transmitting viruses, such as on plastics and grocery bags that have been handled by employees.
2. Protect your eyes from digital eye strain.
With more people isolating themselves at home, social media usage has increased dramatically and is likely to continue growing. Influencer agency Obviously reported a 76% increase in daily accumulated likes on #ad posts for their Instagram campaigns over the first two weeks of March. Campaign impressions in Q1 are up 22% over Q4. On TikTok, engagement increased by over 27% on average from February to March.
Considering that screen time was already causing symptoms of digital eyestrain before the pandemic, that’s a lot of blue light impacting your vision and potentially causing short-term health problems such as dry eyes, fatigue, blurry vision, headaches, and trouble sleeping, as well as long-term issues that are still being studied.
Give your eyes a break! Make sure to look away from your screen periodically. And while you’re scrolling, clicking, and binge-watching, consider adding blue light glasses into your routine for extra protection. The Focus™ blue light line from Peepers filters 40% or more of the harmful high-energy visible (HEV) light from your vision without skewing your color perception. Available with reading magnification for those who need it or no correction for those who don’t, the lenses are packed with extra benefits such as anti-reflective and scratch-resistance coatings and UV400 protection, which is the same level of protection you’ll find in top sunglasses.
The gym may be closed, but you can still get in your cardio at home. If you don’t have any exercise equipment, trying streaming workout or yoga videos, or go for a run around the neighborhood, or put on your favorite song and dance around the house. You don’t have to sit on the couch all day just because you’re social distancing yourself.
We’re all in this together! Take care of yourself, and don’t forget to check on loved ones to make sure they’re as happy and healthy as possible during these difficult and uncertain times.
Fives, C. (2020, March 16). Staying Connected During COVID-19. Retrieved from https://www.obvious.ly/blog/2019/11/21/staying-connected-during-covid-19