Healthy habits to follow during monsoon

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During the peak of the monsoon season in Delhi-NCR, heavy rainfall has led to widespread waterlogging, accompanied by a flurry of rain-themed memes on social media. The MET department (India Meteorological Department) has issued red and yellow alerts, signalling the seriousness of the weather conditions. Puddles are a common sight, resulting in the closure of several schools. Some people are enjoying the cool breeze, music, and hot beverages from the comfort of their homes. But the healthcare professionals are on high alert due to the rise in monsoon-related diseases. It is a time of mixed emotions, enjoying the pleasant weather while prioritising health and safety measures amidst the challenges posed by the heavy rainfall.

Some of the most common health concerns that people encounter during this season are dengue, malaria, leptospirosis, typhoid and chikungunya.

Healthy habits to ward off monsoon illnesses

Personal hygiene: Maintain good personal hygiene by regularly washing your hands with soap and clean water. Pay extra attention to hand washing before eating, after using the restroom, and after coming in contact with potentially contaminated surfaces.

Avoid stagnant water: Steer clear of stagnant water, which is a common phenomenon during heavy rainfall. It can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects. Remove any sources of standing water around your living area such as empty containers, tires, or flower pots, to prevent mosquito breeding.

Protect against mosquitoes: Use mosquito repellents on exposed skin. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks to minimise mosquito bites. Consider using bed nets treated with insecticides while sleeping to provide additional protection against mosquitoes. It is especially important if you live in areas where mosquito-borne diseases are prevalent.

Safe food handling: Take extra precautions with food hygiene during the rainy season. Ensure that you wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before consumption, as they may have been exposed to contaminated water. Cook food properly to kill any bacteria or parasites that may be present. Also, avoid consuming raw or undercooked food items.

Boost Immune System: Maintain a healthy lifestyle to strengthen your immune system and enhance your body’s ability to fight off infections. Get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, stay physically active, and manage stress effectively. Additionally, consider taking any necessary vitamins or supplements to support your immune system, as recommended by healthcare professionals.

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