How To Stay Safe From Viral and Bacterial Illnesses This Summer
Summer is right around the corner and we’re all surely excited to hit the beach, soak some sun, or just simply relax. The season, however, typically brings with it numerous viral and bacterial health risks.
The most common of which are skin diseases such as rashes and yeast infections caused by the high temperature and humidity. But the season’s erratic and often unpredictable weather can also make viruses like cough, colds, and measles just as common.
Worst of all, they are transmitted through direct physical contact with a contaminated person or object and inhalation among many others. This is particularly problematic during the summer as people tend to leave their houses to visit public places, which in effect makes it easier for viruses to spread. The same could be said for the transmission of lice.
Bacterial illnesses, meanwhile, can be a problem too as bacteria thrives in warm environments. The Department of Health have in numerous occasions stated that people are likely to experience diarrhea, food poisoning, and other stomach ailments during the summer because food spoils much faster.
Don’t let this ruin your child’s fun or your own vacation plans. Here are some tips to prevent and address these aforementioned illnesses.
Keep your hands clean
Our hands come into contact with different particles from the countless things we touch everyday and there’s no way to physically perceive them. Viruses and bacteria are microscopic, after all. One of the ways we can ensure they don’t enter our system is by washing our hands.
Though often overlooked, washing our hands not only promotes good hygiene but also helps us avoid contracting illnesses. When we say wash, we mean thoroughly scrubbing your hands with soap and not just rinsing it with water. In case it’s not available, alcohol and hand-sanitizers can similarly help you keep your hands protected.
Avoid touching your face
It’s a tip we often hear people give to help stop acne breakout, but not touching your face also helps keep harmful particles at bay. The various openings in our eyes, nose, and mouths can let viruses and bacteria enter our system. If you’ve developed a habit of rubbing your eyes or biting your nails, it’s important for you to constantly remind yourself that what you’re doing can lead to you catching a cough, cold, or other viruses.
Check your food
Because food spoils faster, you have to be twice as careful with what you eat during the summer. Check its appearance or try to sniff it first. Spoiled food often have a weird texture or a bad smell. Those preparing the food, meanwhile, should always wash ingredients and ensure food is cooked properly to prevent anyone eating from contracting a stomach problem.
Whether you’re an adult or a child, it’s important to get vaccinated so that you don’t catch certain diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases like measles have not gone away and one of the best ways you can protect yourself from them is by availing for vaccination.
Get health protected
When these illnesses strike, it is still best to consult your doctor immediately. Don’t hesitate, especially when you know you’re covered by a healthcare plan. Maria Health offers various consultation plans like Maxicare Prima Gold/Silver, Medicard RxER and Philcare Smart Check Up.
You may also opt for PhilCare Health Vantage and My Maxicare Blue for hospitalization coverage in case of viral and bacterial infections.
Other prepaid and comprehensive plans are also available at Maria Health, a healthcare aggregator that has partnered with the top HMOs in the country to make healthcare simple, easy, and accessible to everyone.