How To Reduce Your Risk Of Contracting Coronavirus Or COVID-19

How To Reduce Your Risk Of Contracting Coronavirus

However, there are common sense steps you can take to reduce your risk. We spoke to Dr Kieran Kennedy to get a medical professional’s advice on how to reduce your risk of getting coronavirus or COVID-19. How is coronavirus spread? Coronavirus is spread through our oral, nasal and airway secretions/fluids. Put simply, anything from the mouth […]

by | Aug 27, 2020

However, there are common sense steps you can take to reduce your risk. We spoke to Dr Kieran Kennedy to get a medical professional’s advice on how to reduce your risk of getting coronavirus or COVID-19.

How is coronavirus spread?

Coronavirus is spread through our oral, nasal and airway secretions/fluids. Put simply, anything from the mouth or nose is a likely source of spread. Close contact is thus generally needed for spread (transmission) to occur. Coughing, sneezing or live virus on our hands/food/objects appear to be the primary modes of spread – when live virus from these sources enters our body through the mouth, nose or eyes then infection can occur. Droplets introduced to our body through someone’s cough or sneeze, or if we touch a contaminated surface and then rub our eyes, nose or mouth, look to be the biggest factors in spread so far.

This is why measures to limit spread of droplets when coughing or sneezing and basic hand hygiene are so important to protecting others and ourselves. Whilst it appears that initial spread from animals to humans occurred, this is not a major source of transmission or one to currently worry about here on our shores. There’s some evidence that transmission might be able to occur through faecal matter, but this is less clear and the chances appear far less likely.

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What are some of the things you can do to help prevent developing COVID-19?

Staying up to date with the information and advice from reputable and evidence based sources is key – this has the added advantage of being myth and panic free. Stay on top of updates from places like the World Health Organisation (WHO), the national health department and your local/state health service guidelines. A number of travel cautions, screening requirements and restrictions are now in place for areas of high spread, and to protect ourselves and others it’s key we adhere to these.

Basic hygiene measures are your biggest and safest bet at the moment to limit your risk of infection.

1. Wash your hands properly

Hand hygiene is vital – we should be washing hands regularly and always before touching our face/mouth/eyes/nose or preparing/eating food. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 to 30 seconds, make sure to rub a good lather over the whole hand and all fingers equally and then dry hands fully after. Alcohol gels containing 60 percent or more alcohol content can effectively kill the virus, so regular use of these can help too if you’re away from a tap/soap.

2. Keep your distance (but don’t avoid public places or be disrespectful to others)

Staying a reasonable distance from those with clear cough/cold symptoms or those coughing/sneezing can help limit spread, and if we’re showing symptoms of cough/cold then reducing close contact with others is advised. It’s vital we remember not to panic or let anxiety rule the roost however, there’s no need or recommendations in place at present in Australia/NZ that we avoid public places or need to be showing any sign of fear or disrespect to those with a cough or sniffle.

What should you do if you think you have COVID-19?

Seek out correct medical advice

If you’re concerned that yourself or someone you know might have coronavirus, then it’s vital to seek out reputable information and further advice. Particularly if you’re showing cough or cold type symptoms in the context of recent travel to coronavirus-linked areas, or contact with someone who has, then phoning your local health service, hospital or GP is likely the best bet to start with.

A good place to start if you’re concerned or need further advice is the dedicated coronavirus advice lines set up in both Australia and NZ (in Australia it’s 1800 020 080). From here, you’ll be advised on how best to get tested and how to limit the risk of spread to others. Limit close contact with others if you’re showing signs of cold or flu symptoms, and ramp up the hygiene measures above.

Rest and recuperate

At the moment there’s no specific treatment for the virus, or a vaccine. Like any virus, if you’ve got mild to moderate symptoms only then rest, sleep, fluids and basic support measures (panadol as an example) are all most will need. It’s important to know that antibiotics don’t treat viral infections (bacterial infections only), and more specific medical interventions are only needed if infection affects other health conditions (like asthma or heart disease) or causes severe, life-threatening symptoms. Any questions or concerns around how best to support or treat your individual health and other conditions should always come from your doctor or a health professional.

Of course, if you or someone you know is significantly ill or showing signs of serious infection then seeking out medical attention as soon as possible is advised. Any signs of significant chest infection, difficulty breathing, high fever or significant change in health should prompt review with a medical professional.

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What shouldn’t you do if you suspect you or a loved one has COVID-19?

What we definitely shouldn’t do if we’re worried about coronavirus is panic. It’s understandable to feel some level of anxiety and fear about what we’re seeing and hearing, and there is cause for concern. At the moment, there’s no need for panic however. The vast majority of those with coronavirus infection will suffer mild cold/flu like symptoms only, and the vast majority appears to fully recover. Panic buying doesn’t benefit anyone and bunkering down at home with a month’s worth of food (or toilet paper…) is not what we need to be doing at present.

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It’s official: Shorts Season is officially here. While lockdown has seen many of us realise that activewear is less something to be worn for a workout and more a uniform we choose to do any and all daily activities in, when the warmer temperatures roll around, that favourite pair of sweatpants and leggings sometimes don’t cut it. Sure, they might be a staple in any wardrobe, but the Aussie sun doesn’t listen to reason, no matter how comfortable or cute it might be. And when it comes to summer, working out in leggings can feel like being trapped in a sauna, the sweat pooling at your ankles and around the waistband – as well as those other areas we won’t mention here. 

But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 

Nagnata

Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 

Nike

Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

Few things are worse than heading out the door for a run and realising your shorts offer no pockets for those essentials you need. You’re left to hold your iPhone, keys, and anything else you might need in your sweaty palm. Thankfully, Naomi Osaka knows what we need when it comes to exercise shorts and these utility shorts from her collaboration with Nike offer all that and more with a relaxed fit and elastic waistband. 

Tracksmith

Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 

Lululemon

Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?