By Bernard Choi, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Public Health Agency of Canada
(AMNET founder member since 2003)
Background: At this time, over 1.5 billion people — one-fifth of the world’s population — are asked or ordered to stay at home to escape coronavirus. For people who are staying at home, including those who are working from home, they are starting to feel the undesirable impact of staying at home on their physical and social wellbeing. What can people do to stay healthy at home?
The Fact: On March 26, 2020, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, shared 5 ways to stay healthy. Watch video (3:08).
Dr. Tedros said, “During this difficult time, it’s important to continue looking after your physical and mental health. First, eat a healthy and nutritious diet, … Fourth, exercise. WHO recommends 30 minutes of physical activity a day for adults and one hour a day for children. If you can’t leave the house, find an exercise video online, dance to music, do some yoga, or walk up and down the stairs. If you’re working at home, make sure you don’t sit in the same position for long periods. Get up and take a three minute break every 30 minutes. Fifth, look after your mental health … COVID-19 is taking so much from us, but it’s also giving us something special. The opportunity to come together as one humanity to work together, to grow together.”
Source: WHO director shares 5 ways to stay healthy | How to stay healthy (Published on Mar 26, 2020)