“Health is wealth.” – this is one of the oldest adages that we keep on hearing. Some of us may not have realized this until the recent pandemic. The widespread of the COVID-19 virus has proved that the most significant wealth that we can have is our health.
Here are five ways how the pandemic proved that health is wealth.
Good Health Is Your Best Defense
Even the World Health Organization (WHO) stressed the importance of maintaining a healthy body and immune system. Good health, combined with proper personal hygiene practices, is still everyone’s best defense against the virus. People with the weaker immune system, people with underlying health conditions, and those with older age are highly susceptible to the infection. This is because of the diminished quality of health that they are in.
If you feel that you are not at your optimal health, it is the right time to lead a healthier lifestyle. Eating well-balanced and healthy meals will help you get the nutrients that your body needs. Getting hydrated is the most efficient way of keeping yourself healthy. Getting sufficient sleep strengthens the body’s immune system. Now, more than ever, we are made to realize how important, regular exercise is. Health experts remind us to stay physically active amidst the pandemic.
Sufficient physical activity boosts the immune system and mental health. The endorphin boost from exercise is what we need to lift our spirits during this pandemic. Lastly, mental health is as important as your physical health. Self-isolation, quarantine, and the negativities entailed by the pandemic could harm our mental health. Strong mental and physical health is the need of the hour.
In these hard times, health is the most valued commodity. Those withCOVID-19 or any disease, for that matter, will attest that they are willing to give anything for good health.
COVID-19 Does Not Discriminate
Whether an ordinary citizen, celebrity, or even a royal, no one is immune to the virus. There are a shocking number of celebrities whose test results came out positive. You can catch the infection regardless of your status in life. Fame, money, and all sorts of privilege is no match for the effects of the virus.
The list of prominent personalities infected by the virus includes the world of music, cinema, politics, and sports. Tom Hanks, and his wife Rita Wilson, were among the first actors who confirmed getting the virus. Pink, Idris Elba, and Andy Cohen were down with COVID -19. Prince Charles, however asymptomatic, made an official announcement that his test results for COVID-19 are possible, and he got the infection during his social engagements.
No amount of wealth can guarantee that your safety and immunity from COVID-19. A healthy body and immune system will.
Money Buys Convenience, Not Health
While others may argue that having money will give you means to become healthy and COVID-free, this is not always the case. Money can only do so much, like buying the essentials. However, there’s nothing your wealth, fame, or influence could do in terms of saving you from the infection. Since there is no current cure for COVID-19, even the most significant sum of money cannot save you from the pandemic. In effect, having excess or sufficient monetary wealth will help you make your life convenient.
Public Health is the World’s Priority
At the time of a pandemic, a country battling with the virus prioritizes the public’s health and welfare. The country does not concern itself with the possibility of the economy crashing, businesses closing, or the country’s resources depleting. At a time like this, the only concern is combating the virus and keeping everyone healthy. Also, people all over the world realize the importance of proper health care. During the pandemic, higher demands in medicines, vitamins, and PPEs result in the unavailability of stocks in certain areas.
We See the Value of Our Health Care Workers
Most of us do not realize and appreciate our health care workers and their work until now. During these hard times, our doctors, nurses, and hospital personnel are our heroes. They’re working day and night in the frontlines taking care of COVID-19 patients and risking their life.
With the same procedures as a triage, those who are experiencing extreme COVID-19 symptoms and those whose lives are in grave danger are treated and attended to first. You cannot buy your way into getting special treatment from the health care workers to prioritize you over other people unless you come under the high priority category.
After the pandemic is over, may we not forget just how valuable and how our life depends on our health. Take care of yourself, make your health your priority.