Ramdan Fasting During The COVID-19 Pandemic, Important Tips

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Important tips during Fasting and Corona


Fasting and Corona .. Many questions about this topic: Can Corona patients fast? Does fasting affect health and make you more susceptible to disease? 


After the pandemic of the Coronavirus and the significant increase in the number of infected people, many doctors declared the necessity of fasting for Corona patients, fasting impedes their ability to compensate for their body’s need for fluids, healthy foods, supportive medicines and vitamins, so doctors recommend iftar for Corona patients as soon as the positive result of medical analyzes appears, as the official website stated. The Egyptian Dar Al Iftaa gives a license to break fasting for Corona patients in Ramadan.


But does fasting increase the risk of infection with the Coronavirus?


Studies show that fasting is very healthy as it strengthens immunity and makes the body more susceptible to resist infection, as many studies have indicated that there is an indirect relationship between fasting and immunity that begins when you stop eating, then the white blood cells which are responsible for the body’s immunity are broken, and then the body starts to form new WBCs, also scientists found that fasting strongly affects the cells responsible for resisting infection and helps purify the body from damaged cells and renew the cells of the body.


How do you benefit from fasting to strengthen immunity and fight the Coronavirus?


There are many health tips that must be followed to benefit from fasting to increase your immunity and face the coronavirus (Covid-19), and not adhering to these tips during Ramadan may cause weak immunity and not the opposite, 


Including staying away from eating sugars, fats and fried foods, especially at iftar time; Because eating these types of foods suddenly raises the level of blood glucose and cholesterol levels and causes stomach infections, which affects immunity and the body’s resistance. 


Drink enough water, about 10 cups, in the period between Iftar and Suhoor to compensate for the body’s loss of water. 


Replace sweets with fruits because they are rich in useful vitamins.


Reducing caffeine intake, especially at the time of Suhoor; This is because these drinks are diuretic and cause a feeling of thirst, and you can avoid withdrawal symptoms from consuming these drinks by gradually reducing caffeine intake in Ramadan. You can also buy decaffeinated coffee, it is a suitable alternative.


Pay attention to eating vegetables, especially rich in fiber; Because it helps to increase immunity and prevent coronavirus.


Delaying the Suhoor meal and it must contain useful nutrients, vegetables, fruit and plenty of water.


Good sleep during the nights at an average of 8 hours a day is beneficial for the body’s health during the Corona pandemic in general.


Eating nuts as a snack between breakfast and suhoor helps you feel full and is a healthy source of fats and beneficial nutrients.


Eat legumes and salads rich in colorful foods such as: carrots, tomatoes, colored peppers and beets.


Practicing a simple physical activity such as walking and moving inside the house helps to stimulate blood circulation in the body.


Tips for Corona patients in Ramadan:


Avoid making any effort, especially during fasting, and commit to extreme comfort. 


Increase consumption of healthy drinks such as: ginger with lemon. 


Eating licorice, because it is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. However, it is not recommended for high pressure patients.


Wearing heavy clothes, especially in the evening periods, when the temperature drops significantly.


If you suffer from a loss of sense of smell and taste, it may take 6-10 days, and to stimulate the recovery of the senses, cloves can be used.


What is the treatment protocol for coronavirus?


After the virus has mutated, there is no specific protocol, as the symptoms differ from one person to another, even people in the same house, and a doctor must be consulted about medications because they differ according to symptoms.


Conditions for fasting those recovering from Corona during Ramadan:


  • Doctors have stated that the recovering can fast if the recovering does not suffer from any respiratory symptoms or digestive problems.

  • As for those recovering from one of the strong strains and still suffering from general weakness after recovery, they can break their fast and double their fasting to make up for those days after the end of the blessed month of Ramadan.

Can anyone be infected with Covid-19 more than once?


In light of the outbreak of the Coronavirus, infection with the virus once does not prevent you from contracting it again; This is due to the rapidly mutating virus and the presence of more than one strain; Which made the World Health Organization and all health institutions advise the need to take the vaccine to eliminate the epidemic spreading in the world.


Does the Corona vaccine break the fast?


Taking the Corona vaccine does not break the fast, so anyone can receive the vaccine during the fasting period in Ramadan and continue his fast.


After talking about fasting and Corona, I advise you not to spoil the fast by not following the necessary preventive measures to preserve your health and the health of those around you, because it is a trust that you will be held accountable for; Therefore, you should stay away from weddings, Ramadan nights, and gatherings.



Sources:


https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019?gclid=CjwKCAjwjdOIBhA_EiwAHz8xm4Ol54rfXFOtSEuwzUYGG3ti7iJiwtrhrSPDNgswJZ4wKbybF3Z9ThoC0yoQAvD_BwE


https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnut.2020.570235/full

 

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