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As this COVID-19 is continuing to spread almost everywhere around the world, people are advised to maintain a one-meter distance between everyone around them. I know it’s hard to do that especially in a crowded place. Well, that’s why the term social distancing was introduced to prevent the propagation of the COVID-19 among the people. According to Wikipedia, social distancing is a set of non-pharmaceutical infection control actions intended to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease. The term social distancing is to reduce the probability of contact between persons carrying an infection, and others who are not infected, to minimize disease transmission, morbidity, and ultimately mortality.

Social distancing has resulted in many businesses and entertainment centers to close temporarily in order to protect people from the spreading of this virus. It is important to know that social distancing also means not touching other people, and that includes handshakes or hugs. This term is often confused with other terms such as isolation and quarantine. So, what is it about and why you need to understand the difference between these?

Isolation – If you identify everyone who has been infected with the virus and safely isolate them from other human contact while they are in treatment, then you can stop the outbreaks for which there are no vaccines or treatments. Isolation is defined by being alone in a room with all amenities as well as proper medical care. A key to making isolation work is to pair it with contact tracing. While sick patients are in isolation, public health workers can do detective work, figuring out all the people those patients had contact with. That way, they can find a patient’s source of the disease and potentially isolate them, as well as identify people who are at risk of contracting the disease and place them under isolation or quarantine. Remember not everyone needs to be in isolation, only the sick and medically-inabled should be isolated. Isolation was the main way the 2003 SARS outbreak was contained.

Quarantine – People who have been exposed to an infection are asked to remain at home or in another place, isolated from other people. Quarantines target individuals who have traveled to affected countries or could end up involving other people. The COVID-19 outbreak has state governments in the largest cities around the world as well as the smallest islands to place many people in quarantine to protect the other citizens. There are people who self-quarantining themselves in order to protect themselves and the people around them from this disease. The practice of isolating people who may have been exposed to this virus in order prevent them from spreading this illness before they start experiencing symptoms. If you have been exposed, it is better to go in quarantine than to stay with your family as they could be infected afterwards. The authorities could force you to stay at home or detain you in a facility. Quarantines are not always safe as there is a risk of the infection to spread to more people. Quarantines can sometimes result in more cases, like what happened on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. There, quarantine led to more people becoming infected.

Social distancing – It is not the same a self-quarantine or isolation, the two other practices are being utilized to minimize the coronavirus spread. According to a medical professional, social distancing is a very general term, so there is a lot of different types of measures that fall under it. Social distancing also means not touching other people, and that includes handshakes. Physical touch is the most likely way a person will catch the coronavirus and the easiest way to spread it. Remember, keep that 6-foot distance and don’t touch.

Social distancing can never prevent 100% of transmissions, but by following these simple rules, individuals can play a critical role in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. If the number of cases isn’t kept below what the health care system can handle at any one time – called flattening the curve – hospitals could become overwhelmed, leading to unnecessary deaths and suffering.

Why does Social distancing work?

If followed correctly and on a large scale, social distancing breaks or slows the chain of transmission from person to person. As a preventive measure, people can spread the coronavirus for at least five days before they show the symptoms. That is why social distancing is so important as it limits the number of people an infected person comes in contact with- and potentially spread the virus to – before they even realize they have the coronavirus. It’s very important to take a possibility of exposure seriously and quarantine yourself. According to recently published research, self-quarantine should last 14 days to cover the period during which a person could reasonably present with symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. If after two weeks they still don’t have symptoms, then it’s reasonable to end the quarantine. Shorter quarantine periods could happen for asymptomatic people as tests to rule out the virus become widely available.

Is Social distancing crucial?

During this time of crisis, social distancing is the best solution to have in order to prevent this disease from spreading to everyone. Experts have estimated that a vaccine is 12 to 18 months away. Remember, there are no drugs available that can slow down a coronavirus infection. The only effective tactic is to promote social distancing among people living in colonies or in residential apartments. The way to do that is to slow or stop the spread of the virus and decrease the number of cases at any one time.

Who should do it?

This is a practice that everyone around the world should accept and do it in order to flatten the curve that is everyday increasing. Remember staying at home and maintaining a social distance is the best way to keep yourself and your family safe.

Once my assignments are over, I can snooze my alarm over and over again.”

As soon as I settle all my debts and start a new job, I will be able to sleep peacefully.”

Do any of the above statements ring a bell? Our relationship with sleep tells a lot about our health. When we are younger, we have more energy thus missing on a couple hours of sleep does not make a huge difference in our energy level. As we grow older, the accumulated amount of sleepless nights start to affect our health. Believe it or not, recuperating sleep has a long and significant impact on our lives. It is time that we start prioritizing a good night sleep. Below are some of the benefits of sleeping soundly…

1. Loss of weight

People who are trying hard to lose weight should consider changing their sleep pattern. It is said that people who are poor sleepers produce the ghrelin hormone, which is known to boost appetite in the body thus encouraging them to eat more and gain weight. On the other side, deep sleepers always manage to maintain a healthy weight and BMI. Sleep deprivation also decreases your leptin hormone which makes you feel like you are full all the time. If you are working hard to shed that extra weight, along with your healthy diet, make sure that you consider getting 8 hours of sleep. Your weight will meet your target real quick!

2. Boosting your memory

If you ever feel bad about sleeping in for a couple of hours or taking a nap, do n’t! Researchers from Zurich University have proved that there is a linear relationship between your memory capacity and a deep sleep. They said that during sleep, our brain classifies all our knowledge and information accordingly. With a good night’s sleep, the brain is able to do enhance our memory. If you are a victim of interrupted sleep, you will find it difficult to memorize things.

3. It helps you to focus better

When you suffer from sleep deprivation, your focus and attention become fussy. Have you ever fallen asleep at work or while driving and wake up with a shock? This experience is known as micro sleeping which is caused by chronic fatigue. It is a dangerous thing especially if you are a driver. When you are sleep deprived and have trouble focusing, your driving skill is equal to drunk driving which might cause involuntary accidents. It is better to stay over or get a friend to drop you home if you feel too tired to drive. Lack of focus also makes you lack behind in your job and daily routine.

4. Feel Healthier

A lot of things happen in your body while you are asleep. Resting helps your body heal. People who are sleep deprived often find themselves victims of inflammatory infections which causes chronic pain in the body. It also increases stress hormone cortisol which makes you feel angry and irritated. High-stress hormone cortisol increases the risk of heart attack and high blood pressure. You will feel that you are sick every time. On the contrary, 8 to 9 hours of sleep boost immunity, regulate your blood system, support muscle repair and boost your mood.

5. Make better decisions

Lack of focus and attention works well with sleep deprivation. When it comes to decision making, especially life-changing decisions, it is a must that we give it our full attention. Lack of sleep affects an important part of the brain which is the right prefrontal portion. This part of your brain is responsible for reward and delay gratification. The desire for immediate award increases with lack of sleep. If you have an important decision to make, better sleep on it first.

6. It reduces your risk of Depression.

Nowadays, mental health is becoming a vital issue. Serotonin is a chemical in your body which controls your emotions. Lack of sleep affects this chemical and disbalance all the emotions which leads to depression. It has been estimated that 90 % of people who suffer from depression complain about not being able to sleep properly. One of the best ways to prevent depression is to make sure that you get 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily. Poor sleep has also increased the risk of death through suicide.

If you have trouble falling asleep, you can increase your magnesium intake through supplements or vegetables such as spinach, kale, avocado, and others as deficiency of magnesium can lead to insomnia or troubled sleep. In order to have a great night’s sleep, your body and mind should be relaxed and magnesium is known for its soothing effect. It regulates neurotransmitters which send signals to our brain. It also controls your hormone melatonin which regulates your sleep cycle. Thus, it prepares your body and mind for a good sleeping time.

Aphrodisiacs are named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Certain foods act as aphrodisiac and get that sexy and appealing side of yours to awaken! These foods are relaxing, good for blood circulation and strengthen muscles that have an impact on the sense and stimulates the psyche. Obviously, it’s all related to the brain, the largest sexual organ in the body!

Here are the foods that will arouse your ‘sexual’ appetite:

1) Celery

Celery contains an aroma that has two steroids called androsterone and androstenol. When ingested, the subtle pheromone of these two natural chemicals travels through sweat glands and works to attract the opposite sex.

2) Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc which boosts testosterone! This food is not only good for men but also for women who have a high level of testosterone. These seeds are high in antioxidants, iron, zinc, and magnesium.

3) Watermelon

According to some experts, watermelon is the new Viagra! Eating watermelon delivers Viagra-like effects on blood vessels throughout the body and may increase libido. Watermelon contains citrulline amino acid and is good for the cardiovascular system and helps relax the blood vessels that increase sex drive.

4) Red Grapes

This fruit is a good source of boron which is a mineral that helps stimulate the production of both estrogen and testosterone.

5) Saffron

Saffron has an impressive effect on sex drive! Saffron as an aphrodisiac dates back to Cleopatra’s time. She used to bathe in saffron-infused milk for its aphrodisiac qualities. Saffron also helps increase sperm motility in infertile men.

6) Figs

High in zinc and magnesium, figs are full of the nutrients that are needed to make testosterone and other sex hormones.

7) Kidney Beans

Kidney beans are very rich in L-arginine. It helps in improving female desire, satisfaction, and frequency of sex.

8) Asparagus

The phallic shape might get you in the mood and also the high amount of Vitamin E can increase blood and oxygen flow in the genitals.

9) Avocados

Rich in Vitamin B6 and folic acid, avocados help increase the overall energy. The ancient Aztec’s nickname for avocado was “ahuacatl” or “testicle” because of the fruit’s shapely form. Fun fact – The Catholic Spanish priests found this fruit so sexy that the parishioners were forbidden to eat them.

10) Cinnamon

Considered as one of the most effective natural aphrodisiacs, cinnamon heats the body, increasing appetite, both physical and sexual. You can stay more attentive to your loved ones as cinnamon improves the cognitive function.

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My mind is blown!

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