How to Prevent Spread of Germs in Monsoon?
The monsoons are not only about alluring scenes and poetry. Waterlogging on the roads; mosquitoes breeding; pakoras fresh off the fire; and moist rooms are the ground reality of the rainy season. So, how to make the most of the monsoons, and that too without any viral infections? Covid-19 has been terrorizing all over the world these two years. However, the risk of having some kind of viral infection, especially during the monsoons, has existed for a long time.
8 Tips for preventing the spread of germs in monsoon in India
- It Is Critical to keep yourself Dry
If you live in a region which has very heavy rainfall with a humid climate, then it is very easy for the rooms to become moist. A stinking smell hangs heavy, and the fear of fungus spreading via clothes and upholstery is an unpleasant reality. You might need to invest in a dehumidifier, or use the blower of the air conditioner to dry out your rooms. It is all very easy for you or a loved one to develop breathing issues in a moist room. In a worst-case scenario, the allergens and irritants hang around in the air. You start sneezing in reaction to the allergens, and your family or your neighbours fear that you may have caught the coronavirus.
Also when you stay in wet clothes for a long time, you are at the risk of catching a cold as well as becoming more prone to viral infections.
- Wear sturdy Footwear Rather Than Stylish
It is all very easy to slip or fall on wet roads. Those fragile sandals and stiletto heels are best put away for summer days. Apart from the risk of injury, your feet get exposed to dirty rainwater which could cause nasty fungal infections. It is necessary to keep your feet dry and clean, especially in the monsoon season. If you are diabetic or have a weakened immune system, then you might need to invest in water-resistant shoes or boots.
- Stay away from Street Food
It is easy to be exposed to different kinds of infections, especially stomach flu when you eat contaminated street food. Unfortunately, hygiene standards of street food like Gol Gappa are way more compromising. Avoid consuming fruits and vegetables which were chopped or cut quite a while ago, and which have been lying uncovered. It would be better to consume home-cooked food in the rainy season, even when it is occasionally rather very boring. There are several ways to boost up your food without compromising your health. Potter around the kitchen, and involved in experimentation with your recipes, or food combinations. Dig into fresh salads, but avoid eating fresh greens raw as in the monsoons, different kinds of bacteria and viruses tend to cling to leaves and the skin of vegetables.
- Boost Your Immunity to Keep Infection away
The old saying cautions us saying that “prevention is better than cure”. It is particularly relevant in the monsoon season when different types of viral infections are hovering in the air to attack you. The best way to do so is to boost your immunity by choosing the right food and drinks. Ensure that you have plenty of vegetables, and protein sources to build your immunity. Getting your daily intake of vitamins, especially Vitamin C, enzymes, proteins, and antioxidants through your food and drink will enhance your body’s natural immunity to help you to keep viral infections away.
- Always carry a mosquito repellent
Mosquitos carry various diseases, especially during the monsoon season. So it is important to carry a mosquito repellent with you, wherever you go. Malaria is one of the unpleasant monsoon diseases you could contract, so never leave your home without a repellent spray or cream.
- Hydration is Necessary to Flush Out the Toxins
You must drink enough water even in the monsoons to help flush out the toxins which build up in the body. Make sure the water is safe by drinking only boiled, filtered, or treated water to prevent any water-borne infections such as different kinds of hepatitis, cholera, and typhoid. While freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juice do help you get your amount of fluids, you must drink at least 8 glasses of plain water daily to ensure proper kidney function, and prevent UTIs which seem to shoot in the rainy season. Have hot soups, herbal infusions, masala tea, and even bowls of dal to get the necessary nourishment and warmth required during the monsoons, and rehydrate your body.
- Lifestyle Modifications
The least considered precaution to ward off viral infections is a lifestyle. You must get proper sleep, take a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Give up smoking tobacco, and avoid alcohol to boost your immunity. Avoid any junk food. Of course, getting a vaccine against numerous viral infections is the best precaution you could possibly take.
- Stagnant Water can be your Worst Enemy
It is very normal for water to get collected in old, unused tires, pots, and cans during the monsoons. Keep in mind that stagnant water can be your worst enemy as it breeds vectors and various kinds of infections. If you need to store water in the kitchen and washroom, always keep it covered.
The monsoon can be an extremely stressful season for your home which can cause water build-up worsens cracks, breaks and leaks. It also boosts the growth of microbes that harm the structural integrity of your home. Monsoon preparedness is one way to prevent such problems. An important part of the preventive measures one should take during the monsoon season is choosing the right insurance policy to protect yourself and your loved ones.