ISLAMABAD: This rain is definitely charming and taken as a bounty by most of us but it has its banes as well. Especially when we are not on our guard. This rain can become the reason for a bout of flu or some other infection. Here are a few ways to stay healthy in this rain.
Wash your hands
Bacteria and viruses come alive during the rainy season and you can come into contact with them just by crossing the road or holding on to an infected railing or bench.
Wash your hands as frequently as you can with soap and warm water.
Don’t touch your face
The flu virus commonly enters our body through the eyes, nose and mouth.
Resist the urge to scratch your eye or wipe your sweaty forehead. Bring a clean napkin or handkerchief instead.
Protect yourself from dirty water
Clogged gutters and dirty puddles are a common sight during rainy season. Unfortunately, they are sources of water-borne diseases like diarrhea, influenza, cholera and fungal skin infections.
Covering up is the best way to protect yourself from these diseases and still maintain your active life. Aside from a jacket, invest in a good pair of rain boots. Many commuters prefer wearing rubber slippers because, unlike most closed shoes, they dry fast and are easy to move around in. But they leave your feet contaminated.
Avoid eating street food
While the sizzling, hot pakoras sold in the streets sound like a good idea any time of the year, the rainy season is when you should stay away from them. Food cooked and sold in the open air are likely to come in contact with airborne and waterborne diseases and bacteria.
Better to eat fresh, home-cooked meals.
Keep mosquitoes out
The mosquito population grows during monsoon because stagnant water their choice breeding ground becomes more common.