How to Stay Healthy During the Pandemic

Tips from Dr. Brenda J. Sowter, TVA’s Senior Physician

Practice social distancing.

  • When you are out and about, stay at least 6 feet away from others 
  • If you notice someone coughing or sneezing, stay even further away
  • Greet others with a wave while keeping your distance
  • Use drive-through windows for banking and picking up medications

This is not the time to be a caregiver for your grandchildren.

  • Even if the children are healthy, they may be carriers of illness.  Instead, help the parents find other options for childcare.

Practice a healthy lifestyle.

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat nutritious foods
  • Make sure you have an adequate supply of your regular medications on hand
  • Keep hand sanitizers or wipes close at hand, for frequent use

Make time for exercise.

  • Exercise on a regular basis, for physical and mental well-being
  • Continue your current exercise program, or start a new one if you have not been exercising
  • Avoid exercising beyond your normal capacity

Take up a new activity.

  • Discover a new book, hobby or podcast  
  • Tackle a project you’ve been intending to do 
  • Challenge yourself to accomplish a goal

Keep in contact with others.

  • Don’t let social distancing lead to isolation 
  • Call, text or email your family and friends on a regular basis 
  • Make sure to stay in touch with those who live alone