A strong immune system is particularly important in the fight against the coronavirus. Our chief physician explains what you can actually do.
A strong immune system is important in the fight against the coronavirus and of course against other viruses and diseases. Chief physician for internal medicine gives tips on how to mobilize one’s own defenses and explains symptoms and previous illnesses of an infection with the coronavirus.
So far there is neither vaccination protection nor effective drugs against the coronavirus. It is all the more important to actively prevent a corona infection and to protect yourself as well as possible. A strong immune system is helpful here. Because the better our defenses, the easier it is to stay healthy.
Which is good for the immune system now?
The severity of a corona infection depends very much on the immune system. We can ensure that we eat a healthy and balanced diet, drink a lot, get enough sleep, and try to keep stress away from us. And what is of course extremely important, physical exercise, going outside, breathing fresh air, leading a life that is as relaxed as possible and bringing a bit of humor and joy into everyday life.
Healthy nutrition for a strong immune system
A healthy diet is an important factor for an intact immune system. : Cook with fresh ingredients and eat fruit and vegetables in particular.
Exercise boosts the immune system
Physical exercise and activity strengthen the immune system, advises the doctor, when dealing with the coronavirus. It doesn’t matter whether you run, swim or ride a bike. The current ban on contact is of course a challenge, but even in this situation we should go outside the door and go for a walk, do some endurance sport or take the dog to the door. Any endurance sports strengthen the heart and the immune system. That you do not overexert yourself, otherwise the opposite effect can occur.
Avoid stress and promote relaxation
Restful sleep is of central importance for a functioning immune system, says the internist. Lack of sleep weakens the immune system and promotes the release of stress hormones. The susceptibility to infection increases. Therefore: sleep is often the best medicine!
The virus can be particularly dangerous for weak groups of people such as people with previous illnesses or the elderly. It is transmitted through droplet infection. People with previous illnesses, such as coronary heart disease or lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, but also diabetes mellitus, chronic liver diseases, cancer and also people with a disorder of the immune system, are particularly at risk of developing a more severe course of this virus infection.
And further: The most common symptoms that are observed here in Germany are coughs, runny nose and fever. Other symptoms that can occur with corona infection are headache and body aches, sore throat, but nausea, diarrhea and vomiting have also been described. In the event of suspicion, please contact the health department, your family doctor or the on-call doctor.
In addition, Helios has set up a free 24-hour advice hotline. If necessary, the callers are then forwarded to trained medical staff and can ask their questions about Corona there.