The Hunger Games Guide for the Coronavirus

Dr. Bracely

Do you feel controlled by the Coronavirus (The Capital) outbreak? According to the World Health Organization, “Coronaviruses are a family of hundreds of viruses that can cause fever, respiratory problems, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms. The 2019 novel coronavirus is one of seven members of this family known to infect humans, and the third in the past three decades to jump from animals to humans. Since emerging in China in December 2019, this new coronavirus has caused a global health emergency” (2020). Human coronaviruses usually spread from an infected person to others through

  1. The air by coughing and sneezing

  2. Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands

  3. Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

Much like The Hunger Games we need the skills of each “District” to fight this growing pandemic. As “Tributes”, we have to work together to conquer “The Capital” (Coronavirus). To protect yourselves and others, below are the 12 Districts and “tools” to defeat the virus:

The Diet District: An anti-inflammatory diet, such as a Mediterranean style diet, will help the body stay healthy. Increase your dietary intake of fruits, vegetables, and good quality protein, and healthy fats. Eating sugar and ultra-processed food increases inflammation and suppresses immune function.

The Sleep District: Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can lower the immune system.

The Stress Reduction District: Unplug and don’t obsess over the news. Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage that you perceive as upsetting.

The Exercise District: Exercise regularly. Exercise boots the immune system.

The Hygiene District: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash hands frequently including the elbow bump, follow the evidence-based advice to wash for 20 seconds or more using soap and water, or use hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol.

The Mental Health District: Draw on skills you have used in the past that have helped you to manage previous life’s adversities and use those skills to help you manage your emotions during the challenging time of this outbreak. If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counsellor. Have a plan, where to go to and how to seek help for physical and mental health needs if required.

The Loner District: Stay home if you are sick. Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

The Information District: Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions. Find a credible source you can trust such as the World Health Organization website or a local or state public health agency.

The Sanitation District: Disinfect doorknobs, switches, handles, computers, telephones, bedside tables, bathroom sinks, toilets, counters, toys and other surfaces that are commonly touched around the home or workplace.

The Travel District: Avoid travel if you have a fever and cough. Refer to CDC updates. It provides travel advisory information frequently. The federal government uses a four-level scale to rank risk. Level 1 equals the lowest risk, and Level 4, the highest.

Which District will the Mocking Jay emerge? May the odds be ever in your favor …

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