For the past few months, we’ve been focusing on our attention as a nation of preventing the spread of COVID-19. For a while, we were basically stuck inside our homes to avoid contact with others.

But is the threat gone now? Many people are wondering the same thing, which is why our team at AFC Urgent Care Athens, TN wants to take a few minutes and answer your questions.

How Can I Protect Myself and My Family?

Well, despite the fact that the governor’s “stay at home” order has been lifted and many businesses have reopened, your best defense is still to limit contact with others whenever possible. This won’t be necessary forever, but it’s still a good idea for now.

You can also take other steps to prevent COVID-19, including avoiding large gatherings, washing your hands with soap and water often, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and objects, wearing a mask when in public, and practicing social distancing around others outside the home. You also want to make sure to avoid contact with others exhibiting any symptoms of the virus.

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat

How Can I Keep My Immune System Strong?

One other step you can take to prevent COVID-19 and other viruses and bacterial infections is to boost your immune system. Your immune system is your body’s defense against germs and other invaders.

Keep your immune system strong by practicing healthy habits. Exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, limit your alcohol consumption, don’t smoke, get plenty of quality sleep, and find healthy ways to manage your stress. There are also some foods you can eat that are immune boosters.

Immune-Boosting Foods

  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Seeds
  • Mushrooms
  • Ginger
  • Chicken
  • Peppers
  • Citrus fruits

If you believe you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, we’re offering COVID-19 testing at our urgent care center. Get the details and schedule a testing appointment on the AFC Urgent Care Athens, TN website.