World Health Day 2021 – Eight Things You Can Do To Make A Difference

World Health Day 2021
Shonagh Walker

Lifestyle Writer

Apr 07, 2021

Today is World Health Day 2021. Seems a bit weird, given we are still in the grip of a global pandemic. However, there are some essential daily habits you can easily implement to do your bit to make your world, and the world in general, a healthier place!

1. Wash And Sanitise Your Hands Every Day, Not Just On World Health Day 2021!

How many times have we heard this the past year? Soooooo many. However, on World Health Day 2021 especially, we can’t hear it enough. Washing your hands frequently and correctly is one of the most important ways to prevent COVID-19 infection, as well as just your regular every day cold and flu.

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Continue To Wash Hands Regularly And Thoroughly

2. Continue To Social Distance And Wear a Mask

Sure, in some countries, like Australia, there are relatively few cases of Covid-19, however we know this virus is sneaky and can appear without people knowing how they contracted it. Some may even be completely asymptomatic, or what we call ‘silent spreaders.’ It can also reappear in areas that have reported no cases for a while, without us knowing how or why. Stay safe, stay at least 1.5 metres apart and wear a mask whenever appropriate.

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Social Distancing And Wearing A Mask In Public Are A Fantastic Line Of Defence Against Covid-19.

3. Respect Boundaries, Borders Or Simply Stay Home

Travel restrictions are no fun, but they are necessary to help contain the spread of the virus. Of course we all want to explore this great big beautiful world of ours, but for now, we simply need to pause and enjoy our own backyards – literally! Travel within your own state seems safe enough, as long as you follow all precautions, so if you’re really yearning for a trip away, try exploring your own locale!

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Stay At Home And Help Stop the Spread.

4. Have a COVID-19 Test

Sniffly? Sore throat? Aches and pains? It’s likely you may just have the common flu, but there’s little sense in risking your own health and that of those around you. If you feel as though you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, go get a test. Don’t worry about appearing paranoid. It’s far better to be safe than sorry, particularly as the virus is mutating, as is typical of all viruses.

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Have A Covid Test To Help Rule Out Any Potential Transmission In Your Community.

5. Get Your Covid-19 Vaccination

While the vaccine is being rolled out in stages, it’s important to keep a note of what category you fall into and when the vaccine will be available to you. You can keep updated as to when the vaccine will be available for you here.

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Keep A Check On When You Are Eligible For the Covid-19 Vaccine.

6. Eat To Boost Your Immunity

Skip the highly processed junk food and enjoy plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, which are rich in immune-building nutrients and antioxidants. Eat the rainbow – ensure your plate has a variety of different colours on it and savour every mouthful, knowing you’re doing yourself the world of good!

World Health Day 2021
Girl holding vegan, detox Buddha bowl with turmeric roasted chickpeas, greens, avocado, persimmon, blood orange, nuts and pomegranate.
6. Try to Cut Down (Or Cut Out) Bad Habits

Why not make World Health Day 2021 the day you stop smoking, or reduce the amount of alcohol you drink? Smoking is not healthy in any way, shape or form, while drinking more than the two standard drinks as advised by medics can be harmful to the liver and general immunity.

Giving up certain habits can leave you with a sense of loss, so try to replace them with something healthy, such as a twilight power walk instead of a cocktail, or a morning green juice over a cigarette with your coffee.

World Health Day 2021
Swapping Bad Habits For Good Can Vastly Improve Your Immunity
7. Get Regular Exercise

According to Harvard University, “regular exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system”. Whether you choose to walk, jog, swim, compete in team sports, cycle or even horse ride, getting out and getting moving will help boost your immunity. Why not make World Health Day 2021 the day you finally sign up to your gym?

World Health Day 2021
Regular Exercise Is Fantastic For General Health And Boosting Immunity

8. Drink Plenty Of Pure Water

According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), water helps your body to keep a normal temperature, lubricate and cushion joints, protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues and get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements. The CDC also suggests drinking more water when you are in hot climates, more physically active, running a fever, or experiencing diarrhea or vomiting.

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Drinking Up To Two Litres of Filtered Water Daily Is Said To Improve Health And Immunity


By Shonagh Walker

Lifestyle Writer

Shonagh Walker is a multi-award-winning lifestyle writer and author specialising in beauty, health, fashion, travel, pets and animals. Her career spans over 30 years, and she can't recall a day during that time, where she hasn't been excited to get to work!



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