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What is Herd Immunity?

Amidst this coronavirus outbreak, you might have heard about the term “Herd Immunity”. Health experts and various national leaders suggest it might be a good way to stop or control the spread of this new disease. So what exactly is this “Herd Immunity”? Let’s find out:

Herd immunity as the name suggests is also called community immunity or group protection. When most people of a population are immune to an infectious disease, it provides indirect protection or herd immunity to those who are not immune to the disease. The more people are immune, the lesser is the virus spread. For example, if 70% of a population is immune to a virus, 3 out of every 4 people who stumble upon with the infection won’t fall sick or won’t spread the disease any further. In this manner, the spread of viral infection is kept under control.

Herd immunity can stop the spread of most illnesses, such as swine flu, and other pandemics within a country. Hence, health officials suggest that the current COVID 19 chain can be broken with this kind of group immunity model.

People Who Depend on Herd Immunity

For certain people, herd immunity is a vital way of protecting themselves against life-threatening diseases. These groups are:

  • Senior citizens
  • New-born babies
  • Individuals with a history of chronic diseases
  • People who have compromised immune systems, eg. People on chemotherapy treatment, those suffering from autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis, lupus, etc.
  • Those who are very ill in hospital

Strengthening Immunity

Vaccines create herd immunity too. Various efforts are underway towards the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus, but there could be a wait as long as up to a year before a safe vaccine is made available.

However, we as individuals can try to strengthen our immunity by following some healthy-living strategies.  Here are some tips:

  • Eat a variety of foods that help in strengthening your immune system
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Include herbs in your healthy diet plan
  • Maintain personal hygiene
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking
  • Exercise regularly
  • Meditate
  • Get adequate sleep
Categories Nutrition and Covid, Nutrition Blogs, Recipe

Healthy Concoctions to Boost Your Immune System 

Thinking how to boost your immune system? Have a look below:

Concoction 1

Include this herbal tea in your healthy diet plan. Simple and quick to make – it’s one of the best home remedy to boost immunity and fight against infections.

Ingredients

  • ginger- 1/2 tsp
  • turmeric- 1/2 tsp
  • black pepper- a small pinch
  • cinnamon – 2 pinches
  • honey- 1 tsp

Method: Take one of water and boil everything together except honey. Next add honey and sip.

Concoction 2
Ashwagandha is considered a sort of magic herb that helps kick up the immune system by several notches. It further stabilizes blood sugar and reduces anxiety and stress.

Ingredients

  • 5-inch piece dried ashwagandha root, approximately
  • 1 tsp honey 

Method: Wash and boil the root in 1/2 a liter of water. Allow to boil for about 5 to 7 minutes. Strain into a cup and then stir in the honey.

Concoction 3
Basil (Including tulsi) are strong immunity food ingredients. It can help cure regular fever that is caused due to bacterial and viral infections.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup basil 
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice 

Method: Put the basil leaves into a saucepan with a half-liter of water. Bring to a boil. Then bring down the flame to low for 3 – 4 minutes. Strain into a cup, and add the honey and lemon juice into it. Stir and sip.

If you are looking for more such ideas and suggestions get in touch with Kanupriya Khanna.a

Kanupriya is one of the best child dietician and pregnancy nutritionist in Delhi. A certified practitioner, she will give you concise advice on how and what to eat.

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