Fact About Quarantine At Home, Decreasing Immunity or Not?
There are some community assumptions that state that if we stay at home too long it will result in a decrease in body immunity. Corona pandemic makes us have to isolate ourselves and stay more at home. However, despite staying at home and taking Corona precautions to the maximum extent, sometimes there are still concerns that arise. According to the Wolipop website, that concern then raises many questions in our minds, one of which is about our health and immune condition. Is it true that staying too long at home will actually make your immune weakened?
As quoted from MSN News, in the opinion of experts, staying at home for a long period of time will not weaken your immune system and make you more vulnerable to COVID-19. Natasha Bhuyan, MD, a family doctor said that there was no evidence that the body's immunity could be weakened because of staying at home for a long time.
"The reality is that our immune system is built up over many years from various factors. And while we stay at home, we are still exposed to various types of pathogens in our homes," Natasha said.
Simply put, even though you are more silent and less interacting, it will not affect your body's immunity to fight disease. But there are some other things that can affect your immune system while you are in the house that you need to remember.
Causes Lack of Immunity
1. Lack of Sunlight
Getting less sunlight than usual is not good for maintaining your immune system. Your body needs vitamin D which can be obtained from sunlight to become healthier. While at home, there are many things you can still do to get sunlight, such as sunbathing in the yard or cycling and walking around the house using a mask.
Based on a 2010 study published by the National Library of Medicine, sunbathing and absorbing 10-30 minutes of sunlight several times a week can produce enough vitamins to keep you healthy. That is why even if you are in the house, you still need to intake of sunlight.
Staying for a long time at home will not affect your immunity unless you experience stress. As explained by psychiatrist Jared Heathman, MD, to Best Life, stress can increase the amount of the hormone cortisol in a person's bloodstream, which can result in a weakened immune system. This cortisol imbalance can encourage increased glucose production which can cause the immune system to overwhelm and cause delays in killing bacteria and viruses that make us sick.
In addition, stress can also affect various things throughout your body. For example, John Satino, director of the clinic at Hair & Scalp Laser Clinics in Clearwater, Florida, reports an increase in the number of patients who report hair loss in recent weeks. This is known as the Alopecia Areata condition, which occurs when the body's immune system attacks the hair, which causes hair loss suddenly. This condition can occur if a person experiences severe stress.
Although in the Corona pandemic era it is not easy to avoid stress attacks, there are some things you can do to prevent it. Natasha Bhuyan recommends eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and sleeping for at least eight hours each night. In addition, keeping a journal, doing meditation, and counseling can also be done to reduce perceived stress.