Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of The World Health Organisation (WHO), dispensed advice on how people can look after their health.
He said this will not only help people in the long-term, but it will also help to fight Covid-19 if they get it.
In his opening remarks at the briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, he included the following health tips:
Eat a healthy and nutritious diet, which helps your immune system to function properly.
Limit your alcohol consumption, and avoid sugary drinks.
Do not smoke, he said. Smoking damages in your lungs can increase your risk of developing severe disease, if you become infected with Covid-19.
It is recommended 30 minutes of physical activity, per day for adults, and one hour per day for children.
If allowed, go outside for a walk or a run, while keeping a safe distance from others.
If you cannot leave the house, find an exercise video online, dance to music, do some yoga, or walk up and down the stairs.
If you're working at home, make sure you do not sit in the same position for long periods. Get up and take a three-minute break every 30 minutes.
It is normal to feel stressed, confused and scared during this pandemic. Talking to people you know and trust can help.
"Supporting other people in your community can help you as much as it does them. Check in on neighbours, family and friends. Compassion is a medicine," said Dr Tedros.
"Listen to music, read a book or play a game. And try not to read or watch too much news if it makes you anxious. Get your information from reliable sources once or twice a day."
In the same set of remarks, Dr Tedros said: "One of the things we are learning is that although older people are the hardest hit, younger people are not spared.”
Text: Rainer Beck