With the uprising of disease and illnesses all over the world, we may wonder how we can protect ourselves and our families. Should we be afraid of traveling away from home? Thankfully, there are many precautions that we can take to protect ourselves from diseases. Here are just a few tips:
- Protect yourself from contaminated water
Store water in a closed container and dispense it with a clean ladle or tap and never put your hands into a clean water supply.
- Protect yourself from contaminated food
Always wash your fruits and veggies!
Use clean utensils and surfaces in the kitchen when cooking.
Don’t forget to wash your hands before and after handling food.
Cook your food thoroughly (at the appropriate temperature) and only use fresh food.
Pay attention to expiration dates, especially with dairy and meat.
Refrigerate necessary food items immediately.
- Protect yourself from infection from insects
With the Zika Virus on the rise, many are nervous to travel abroad, especially when pregnant. It is important to always take precautions before traveling, always get latest information from the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Avoid areas like Miami, Florida, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands for the time being.
If you do have to travel to an infected area, make sure you wear protective clothing (long sleeves and pants) and use bug repellant approved by the CDC. Also, if possible, sleep under a mosquito net and make sure that all your windows have screens. Use an air conditioner when possible, mosquitoes tend to gravitate towards warm and moist areas.
- Protect yourself from animals
Keep animals outside if possible
Wash your hands after touching your animal and DO NOT touch wild animals!
See a doctor if you have been bitten or scratched, this can be very dangerous.
- Protect yourself from germs spread by other people
Coughing and sneezing spreads germs very easily, if you need to cough, cover your mouth with a tissue or in your sleeve.
When sick, avoid hugging or shaking hands.
Germs are most abundant on surfaces like door knobs, phones and keyboards, so exercise caution when touching such areas.
Do not share razors, toothbrushes or towels and avoid contact with bodily fluids.
Wash your hands frequently and when you’re sick, stay home!