Health and Safety Tips in this "New Normal" Rainy Season


11 Jun

Now that Philippines is on its wet season and aside from road accidents to power breakdowns, the government are worried that tons of diseases could overwhelm the entire health care system of the country, apart from struggling with the pandemic Corona crisis.

In embracing this "new normal" rainy season, everyone is urge to not just double but triple our preparation to protect our health and those of our loved ones. We have listed here some precautionary measures that you must follow.

Let’s take a further look at these precautions for the new normal rainy season. 

ALWAYS BRING UMBRELLA AND KEEP RAINY GEARS HANDY

Always keep an umbrella handy during the monsoon season. This will not just to keep you from getting wet and falling sick but also to protect your valuable items such as mobile phone, notebook, wallets etc., from getting wet during the downpour.  Raincoat and waterproof boots are essentials too whenever you are outside in times of rainy days.

It’s also advisable to always have plastic bags with you during the rainy season so that even if you get caught in the rain, you won’t have to worry about water getting into your belongings and ruining your things.


This is one of the basic safety tips this rainy season.

AVOID GETTING YOUR FEET SOAKED THE RAIN

Walking in rainwater can lead to fungal infections such as leptospirosis. The bacteria that cause leptospirosis are spread through the urine of infected animals, which can get into water or soil. The said bacteria can survive there for weeks to months. Many different kinds of wild and domestic animals carry the bacterium.

These can include, but are not limited to:
  • Rodents
  • Cattle
  • Pigs
  • Horses
  • Dogs
  • Wild animals
The idea of playing, jumping and enjoying in the rain may seem so fun, however it's advisable to stay away from the water that’s standing on the road. Rain waters in the roads might visibly clean however  they contain different sets of bacteria which can lead to a number of viral diseases and fungal infections.


In case you have no other option but to step in a puddle to get to your home or workplace, protect your feet with a Waterproof Non-slip Rain Shoes Covers

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If it cannot be avoided to have your feet soaked in rainwater, make sure to thoroughly wash your foot with soap and clean water. Additionally, do not wear wet socks or wet shoes as they will most probably contain all sorts of germs. 

Wearing covered shoes or rubber boots is also one of the top tips for staying safe in this season.

TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT MOSQUITO BITES


When it comes to health and safety tips for the "new normal" rainy season, taking precautions against mosquitoes and other bugs certainly top the list. 

Mosquitoes are rampant during rainy season as they lay their eggs in pools of stagnant water. Mosquitos transmit different diseases such as malaria and dengue. You might consider using mosquito repellents or burn mosquito coils to keep the insects at bay. Insect repellent sprays like Baygon Insect Spray, can also work wonders, just make sure not to directly inhale it while spraying.

Installing mosquito screens on windows and using mosquito nets around your bed are  also one of the best safety precautions during the rainy season that will keep you and your family healthy.

MAKE SURE YOUR WINDOWS ARE SHUT PROPERLY

Make sure that all windows are tightly closed during rainy days. Aside from preventing mosquitoes and other insects from invading your homes, you also need to make sure your windows can be closed all the way to avoid water from entering your home during heavy rainfall. Rain water will not only  ruin wall paint and flooring, it might also reached your wirings, which can be disastrous.

EAT VEGETABLES AND FRUITS TO KEEP HEALTHY

Eating green and leafy foods are known to boost ones immune system. Eating healthy food is the cheapest way to protect you from sickness especially now a days where Corona Virus is still at its height. With todays happening in the world, it's a must to look at your health as your major priorty. 

Make sure to eat Vitamin C-rich foods to boost your immune system and to prevent from flu or any other infections this rainy season. Also, watch out for diarrhea, one of the common rainy-day diseases often caused by eating spoiled foods or contaminated water. Always remember to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly to be safe. 

WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP FREQUENTLY

According to experts, there are between 2 to 10 million bacteria on your fingertips and elbows. The number of germs on your fingertips doubles after you use the toilet. And when you don’t wash your hands, you transfer germs to the food and drinks you eat. Your hands spread 1,000 times more germs when they are damp than when they are dry.

So, make sure to wash your hands with soap frequently to keep from getting colds, cough and influenza. Wash your hands properly by lathering soap between your fingers, under your nails and the top of your hands. Rinse and dry your hands thoroughly to get rid of the germs.

MAKE SURE TO DRINK JUST CLEAN WATER

Water-borne diseases are very common during the rainy season. Be cautious of contaminated water sources that could bring diseases such as diarrhea, amoebiasis and cholera. If you’re unsure of the water supply, boil it to be safe.

KEEP YOUR SURROUNDINGS CLEAN

Dengue, a fatal disease caused by mosquitoes, is the most rampant disease during the rainy season. 

Don’t leave any water stagnant and throw away the things that may promote mosquito breeding. Keep your waterways clean. Besides dengue, leptospirosis is rampant because of floods that may contain animal urine causes bacterial infection.

Avoid wading in floodwaters to protect yourself from this disease.

In this new normal, the last thing that we wanted to be in, is in getting sick in the hospitals with group of other patients fighting for their own diseases plus this Corona Virus.

PREPARE AN EMERGENCY KIT 


Always keep an emergency kit handy this rainy season. 

Don’t forget to include battery-powered light and medicine in your emergency kit. Frequent power breakdowns and flash flooding are the most troublesome part of this season. Since you can’t fight or always predict such natural disasters before time, it’s always better to be prepared for the worst – particularly if you live in an area that’s prone to flooding.

Here is a checklist of items you must include in your emergency kit for the rainy season in case things get out of hand.
  • Medicines
  • Oil Essentials/ointments
  • Non-perishable food items such as canned goods
  • Clean water
  • Mosquito repellent creams
  • Thermometer
  • First aid bandages and cotton swabs
  • Battery-backed emergency light/flashlights
  • extra batteries
  • candles/lighter
  • Extra set of clothes and socks
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

FINAL THOUGHTS

In this trying times where Corona Virus is still everywhere, let's take a careful look not just on our health but also with our loveones. You may have ignored these health and safety tips and got away with it but that may not be the case every time. The next time could be fatal. Please take these safety tips seriously, specially in this new normal. This may save your life and the lives of others. 

Please be safe and healthy while embracing this new normal rainy season.  

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