Monsoon, the most awaited season of the year, is here. The splattering rain outside, dancing in the puddles, and the piping hot tea with pakodas in your living room, monsoon indeed is all about joy and happiness, until you catch the flu. You couldn’t expect the last sentence to end like that, could you? Well, that is how you catch the flu in real life too - unexpectedly. One moment you are dancing in the rain, the next you are sitting in front of a physician with a thermometer in your mouth. There is a picture no one would like to paint for themselves, especially during the monsoon.
Flu and cold are quite common during monsoon, as the increased dampness in the air gives birth to various bacteria and other disease-causing microbes. Furthermore, mosquitoes breed in the rainy season, thus increasing the cases of malaria and dengue. Apart from this, there are increasing incidents of viral fever, flu, respiratory ailments like cough, chest congestion, etc.
If you are one of those who are too scared of the flu to enjoy this season of fun and frolic, then this post is for you. Here are 5 simple tips that you can follow to beat the seasonal flu:
Purified (or boiled) drinking water can help you prevent almost all water-borne infections. We suggest that you install a water purifier rather than drinking plain boiled water, as boiled water still contains impurities that only a purifier can filter out. Avoid drinking water at restaurants and other public places where there is no assurance of clean water. This tip is not only for monsoon but for the whole year through as clean water is an important necessity for good health.
In case you have a habit of using the same hand towel or bath towel for weeks, then you might be in a problem. As mentioned earlier, the damp weather leads to bacterial growth which goes with your towels too. Therefore, we suggest that you do not use the same towel for more than a day to avoid any risk of an infection. Also, make sure that your towel sees sunlight every now and then.
No matter how much you like that paani poori or roadside chaat, we suggest you avoid them for a few days. Apart from this, make sure you don’t consume raw vegetables and unwashed fruits as they might be carrying harmful bacteria. Hot and fresh food items are always a better choice as most of the bacteria are killed in the process of heating.
We know that monsoon is all about enjoying the rain. But the fact that pollution levels in rainwater are at the highest, we advise that you avoid getting drenched in the rain. The polluted rain water is full of dangerous microbes, making it more advisable to enjoy the rain from the indoors.
Carrying a handkerchief or a pack of tissue papers is a must if you are suffering from the flu or cold. Tissues have an advantage over handkerchief as they are easily disposable, thus reducing the risk of carrying infections further. Another thing to keep in mind is the quality of the tissues you are carrying, as cheaper and bad quality tissue will only add to the allergies that arise during a flu. Century Papers come with the promise of being 100% hygienic tissues made from 100% virgin pulp, thus the most suitable to carry at all times.
Stay safe and have a great monsoon!