Integrated COVID-19 management
There are several methods of disease control – physical, clinical, biological, sanitation, and spiritual – that could be integrated to effectively contain the Covid-19.
Physical prevention with the use of personal protective equipment and physical distancing are being done. Further, regular exercises make our organs to function well and short exposure to the sun enables us to have vitamin D which is essential in disease resistance and to receive ultraviolet radiation that kills pathogens.
Chemical control involves the administration of anti-viral drugs which are available, but expensive, to treat Covid-19 patients or formulation of effective and safe vaccines, but it takes years to develop.
Biological method recommends us to boost our immunity through proper nutrition, particularly vitamins C and D and zinc found in fresh fruits and vegetables or vitamins and mineral supplements to enhance the functionality of our respiratory system. Having a gratifying lifestyle would also lead to a pleasant personality.
Sanitary measures include keeping ourselves and the environment clean to prevent the proliferation of harmful microorganisms and to eradicate vectors that transmit viruses.
It is vital for us to maintain a lush vegetation since plants are the only ones that could give off oxygen that we breathe to stay alive.
Above all, constant prayers ensure us spiritual healing and protection from all disasters. — PERCIVAL B. ALIPIT, Baguio City