Cooking And Covid Times

Food , Cooking & Drink

Cooking is not only the mixing of ingredients and to make it delicious but it is more than that. It is an art and when we say art things that come to mind are painting, designing crafts, and many more. Art means something in which we think what to design and then implement it.

In the same way, when we think what will be the dish, what ingredients will go in it, how it will taste, and how we are going to present it. All these things depend upon our imagination and the way of executing it.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei, China, and has resulted in an ongoing pandemic. As of 13 September 2020, more than 28.7 million cases have been reported across 188 countries and territories with more than 920,000 deaths; more than 19.4 million people have recovered.

Common symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties, and loss of smell and taste. While most people have mild symptoms, some people develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) possibly precipitated by cytokine storm, multi-organ failure, septic shock, and blood clots. The incubation period may range from two to fourteen days.

The virus is spread primarily via small droplets from coughing, sneezing, and talking. The droplets are usually not airborne; however, those standing in close proximity may inhale them and become infected.[a] People may also become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their face. The transmission may also occur through aerosols that can stay suspended in the air for longer periods of time in enclosed spaces. It is most contagious during the first three days after the onset of symptoms, although spread is possible before symptoms appear, and from people who are asymptomatic. The standard method of diagnosis is by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) from a nasopharyngeal swab. Chest CT imaging may also be helpful for diagnosis in individuals where there is a high suspicion of infection based on symptoms and risk factors, however guidelines do not recommend using it for routine screening.

Recommended measures to prevent infection include frequent hand washing, social distancing, quarantine, covering coughs, and keeping unwashed hands away from the face. The use of cloth face coverings such as a scarf or a bandana has been recommended by health officials in public settings to minimise the risk of transmissions, with some authorities requiring their use. Health officials also stated that medical-grade face masks, such as N95 masks, should be used only by healthcare workers, first responders, and those who directly care for infected individuals.

There are no proven vaccines or specific treatments for COVID-19. Management involves the treatment of symptoms, supportive care, isolation, and experimental measures. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID‑19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Local transmission of the disease has occurred in most countries across all six WHO regions.

Longer-term damage to organs (in particular lungs and heart) has been observed, and there is concern about a significant number of patients who have recovered from the acute phase of the disease but continue to experience a range of effects including severe fatigue, memory loss and other cognitive issues, low grade fever, muscle weakness, breathlessness and other symptoms for months afterwards.


To get a final dish which is not only tasty and healthy but also attractive.

There are a lot of cuisines in the world and every country has its recipes and its way of cooking. People all over the world not only eat to fulfill their hunger but also to satisfy their taste buds.

So going out and having a meal in restaurants or having a fast food meal has become a fashion. As the food industry is well developed especially in urban areas and a lot of options are available, people can’t resist themselves from eating outside. But as many of these are very unhealthy choices and they undermine our strength and affect our immunity.

In the current situation of covid19, we all are locked in our houses. We can’t go out and enjoy our normal life. Our lifestyle has been completely changed.

In this situation being 24*7 at home, we think a lot about something tasty to eat, thus our food consumption has increased as compared to the normal days. Since there is no more ordering and eating out, home cooking is the safest and also healthiest.

Before COVID also people used to cook for themselves or their family. But this pandemic makes us learn that we can not only cook but can improve our cooking skills.

We can cook almost everything at home which we used to eat outside. We can’t say it will be tastier than those junk foods or restaurant food but it will always satisfy our taste buds and most important is they will be healthy.

Every country has its cooking techniques. In India cooking has its importance. So many varieties are there that it cannot be imagined. Indian cooking includes oil, spices of different types which not only makes it spicy and tasty but healthy too. Healthy ingredients like vegetables, lentils, green leaves, spices made from garlic, ginger, coriander powder, and many more are used in a single dish which makes it healthy.

The spices available in India have medicinal value especially being great sources of boosting immunity as per the ancient Indian medicine system called Ayurveda. Cinnamon stick, cloves, nutmeg, black and green cardamom, black pepper, and ginger are the immunity booster spices. In the current coronavirus pandemic, all the above spices when used daily help us to stay healthy and to increase our immunity.

Coronavirus has no medicine that can cure it and neither is a vaccine available. To improve immunity many households are boiling the spices with medicinal value in water, cooling it and people are drinking it for immunity improvement. It helps our body maintain high immunity and cleans the flushes the throat area preventing the buildup of any harmful germs. The trend of food being cooked by the mother or women of the house is changed now. Men and even children are also participating in cooking in India and many have started enjoying the joy of cooking.

In this time of pandemic maintaining social distance, wearing a mask, hand sanitization, and boosting immunity is most important to fight the virus. This situation teaching us that quality time with family is the most precious time where we can cook together, play with our children, share thoughts with our elders, help each other, and enjoy time together in the house.

Satjit Kumar works for and writes practical health articles like spinach and tomato side effects.

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