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10 habits that increase the risk of catching a coronavirus and infecting others

Habits that did not benefit health in calm times during the era of the COVID-19 pandemic can be life threatening. Tells what should not be done so as not to become infected with coronavirus and not infect others Lifehacker.

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1. To smoke

The connection between this habit and the risk of getting sick is supposed, but not yet well understood. However, there is data that allows us to make a prediction: if you smoke, COVID ‑ 19 will proceed in a more acute form.

Scientists have analyzed more than a thousand cases of infection in the midst of an epidemic in China. It turned out that among severe patients (those who needed intensive care or died), one in four was a smoker. Among the lungs, only one in ten.

“Inhalation of tobacco smoke appears to be associated with more severe respiratory infections,” said Jay Taylor Hayes, MD, director of the Rochester Nicotine Addiction Center.

In general, smokers are more likely to get into intensive care.

2. Do not think about hygiene

WHO insists on the need to wash your hands or treat them with an alcohol-containing antiseptic. And even puts this recommendation on the first place in the list of preventive measures against COVID ‑ 19.

The reason is simple. SARS ‑ CoV ‑ 2 coronavirus, although transmitted primarily by airborne droplets, easily settles on the surface. And can live on them for 3-4 days.

If you touch an infected handrail in public transport, a door handle in a store, or an elevator button, the virus migrates into your palms and fingers. And from there, it can easily penetrate the body through the mucous membranes. For example, when you scratch your eyes with an unwashed hand or wipe your nose.

Forgetting hygiene today is deadly.

Therefore, try to disinfect your hands as often as possible, especially when you are out of the house.

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3. Touching the face

Correct bangs, smooth eyebrows, scratch nose, put palm under cheek. These often unconscious movements also help the coronavirus to enter the body. Thinking and habitually reaching to your face, you can touch the mucous membranes with dirty hands. And get infected.

4. To bite nails

In this case, you will probably touch the mucosa. So, increase the risk of infection. So urgently drop it.

5. Go to work with a cold

Such a disregard for health (both one's own and those around him) can turn into serious troubles.

If you have a cold, sit at home. And watch your symptoms closely. Heat, dry cough, and weakness are reasons to call your doctor.

6. Constantly monitor news and sit on social networks

Our brains are designed so that we react most badly to bad news. Psychologists call this error of thinking the effect of negative prejudice.

The problem is that it’s easy to drown in the information about the economic crisis and the victims of the coronavirus. The result is stress that becomes chronic. And this is a direct way to lower immunity. The more you stress, the easier all kinds of inflammatory diseases conquer your body.

7. Do not get out of the smartphone

The trouble is that the coronavirus settles on the case and screen of the gadget with pleasure. Having been on the street and in public transport, the smartphone just can not stay clean.

And then you put it on your face. Or, having washed your hands thoroughly and being confident in your own safety, jump into bed with a smartphone to sit on social networks before going to bed. Touch the dirty screen with your fingers and rubbing your eyes together ...

In general, it’s time to tie up a smartphone every now and then with a habit. But the habit of disinfecting the device as often as hands, on the contrary, is worth making.

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8. Get close to people

Hugs and kisses at a meeting have long been a trend, but now they are rapidly out of fashion. Like crowds at the checkout or trips of six in a cramped elevator.

The main route of transmission of coronavirus is airborne, that is, with the smallest droplets of saliva and mucus secreted from the patient’s mouth and nose. Therefore, WHO recommends staying at least one meter away from coughing or sneezing people.

Lifehacker, in turn, recalls that in some cases, COVID ‑ 19 is almost asymptomatic. So, any person can be a vector of infection - even someone who does not cough and looks generally healthy.

In general, get used to keep your distance, even when it comes to close friends. Now it can save your life.

9. Sleep little

Lack of sleep affects immunity, as does stress. People who do not get enough sleep are more likely to get respiratory viral infections, including COVID ‑ 19. And they’re recovering more slowly.

Therefore, the habit of watching TV shows until late at night and generally sleeping less than 8 hours is a sure way to lose in the fight against coronavirus.

10. Shopping

Here two factors play a role at once. First: the more people around you, the higher the risk that one of them will be a carrier of the infection and be able to pass it on to you.

Second: clothes, shoes, other goods can be the very surfaces on which the virus lies. Therefore, it is advisable to say goodbye to the habit of rampant shopping. Hope for a while. If it's hard to do without shopping, go online.

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