Monsoon Diseases: Tips to Protect Yourself During Covid-19
The second wave of Covid-19 has subsided in most parts of India. The country has faced various challenges during this period, including a shortage of oxygen and a massive increase in the number of cases. Even if we accept this, the monsoon season has started in most areas, which is also leading to a series of diseases – bacterial, viral and fungal. It is therefore necessary to take additional measures to ensure protection against these as well as against Covid-19.
“There are some simple precautions that can help protect ourselves and our families from these diseases, especially in the aftermath of a global pandemic. It is also important to remember that the symptoms of these seasonal infections can mimic those of Covid-19 and so you need to be vigilant. Covid-19 is transmitted through droplets and air. Monsoons, therefore, provide a brief respite from an increase in infections. This period should therefore be used to ensure that preventive measures are put in place and that we build immunity. Said Dr Vishal Sehgal, President of Medical Services, Portea Medical.
Let’s take a look at the precautions.
All water coolers, tanks and spaces on the patio and balconies should be checked to avoid the accumulation of standing water. In addition, it is important to wear long-sleeved clothes and pants when going out, especially in the evening. The use of mosquito repellents and mosquito nets is also essential. Also, where possible, fumigate the house to eliminate mosquitoes and insects.
After returning from the outside, it is important to take a bath to help flush out any germs that may have accumulated on the skin and protect you from disease. Our hands are the primary focus for personal hygiene and disease prevention. It is important to wash them thoroughly and frequently with soap and water, especially before eating or after using the toilet. Sneezing or coughing without covering your face is another harmful practice that should be avoided completely.
With the reopening, most of us started to use public transport to work and also go to the market to buy essentials. It is imperative to take various precautions such as keeping a distance from people who have symptoms of illness or cough without covering their mouths. Face masks are essential when you go out of your home. People with weaker immunity, children and the elderly should avoid going to crowded places.
Food and water hygiene
Adequate food and water hygiene must be ensured, even at home. Avoid eating roadside food and try to eat fresh, home-cooked meals whenever possible. It is recommended that you carry your own water bottles, etc., as well as drink purified or boiled water. Eating seasonal foods that boost the immune system is a good way to stay healthy during the rainy season.
Protect the respiratory system
Airborne infections can affect the respiratory system, and some home remedies may be of benefit. One should consume lukewarm water as much as possible and take a steam inhalation once a day. Also, be sure to practice yoga and some breathing exercises like pranayama.
“Although the COVID-19 wave has calmed down and the gradual unlock is on, we need to stay in control and stay at home. We must also protect ourselves twice as much as the rains also bring several diseases with them. By following some basic hygiene and safety measures, it is possible to enjoy the monsoon rain without any disease, ”he said.