The rainy season is upon us and in full force! Rainy days provide us with some perks like class suspensions and a cool weather. However, many Pinoys have a hard time staying safe and healthy during these times.
Knowing the best ways to survive the rainy season in our country is of utmost importance. Here are some tips you can use to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Do not take for granted your umbrella, raincoat and boots
Many Filipinos like to act tough by walking in the rain without an umbrella, a raincoat or a pair of boots. The problem with this is that rain water can lower your body temperature and cause hypothermia. This can then weaken your immune system and make you more vulnerable to catching a virus.
Wearing a raincoat and boots can also protect you from dirty water and mud which might cause diseases such as diarrhea, influenza and skin infection.
Do not expose yourself to floodwater
The sight of people exposing themselves to flood water is very common in the Philippines during the rainy season. However, walking through floodwater can make a person vulnerable to Leptospirosis – a health condition caused by exposure to the urine of rats.
Its symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, chills, vomiting, skin rash, jaundice, red eyes, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Worse, this disease can also result in the failure of the kidneys, liver, heart and lungs.
Avoid street food
It can be very tempting to eat fish balls, squid balls, chicken balls and kikiam from street vendors during the cold rainy season weather. Unfortunately, food items that have been exposed to monsoon air are also more likely to contain various kinds of bacteria and virus. It is better to settle for home-cooked meals to assure a hygienic meal preparation.
Get rid of the mosquitoes
Having stagnant water around your house is equivalent to providing a breeding ground for mosquitos. Some of the common diseases transmitted through a bite of an Aedes Aegypti mosquito are dengue fever and chikungunya infection. You can also minimize the presence of mosquitoes in your surroundings by always keeping the door and windows closed.
Mind what you drink
Cases of water-borne diseases dramatically increase during the rainy season. Have an extra awareness about where your drinking water comes from as diseases like amoebiasis and cholera are common during this time. If you are unsure of the water source, you can boil it first before drinking.
Check the weather forecast and flood updates before going out
One of the most important contributions of modern technology to our daily lives is that it has become easier for us to learn about the weather condition for the day. Before you go out of your home, check first through the internet, radio or television if it is safe to go outside and travel.
You can also check the internet for flood updates so you can avoid flooded areas. This can be particularly helpful for Filipinos traveling by car.
SHARE these tips with your family and friends to keep them safe this rainy season! – Kami Media