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8 Ways to Stay Healthy and Safe this Rainy Season

black umbrella in the rainy season with rain droplets falling on it

In some parts of the world, the rainy season kicks in in April. In some other parts, it’s in the middle of the year. In yet some others, it rains year round (lucky them!).

Whatever month the rains get to your town/country, you gotta be ready. Here are some tips on how to keep everyone in the family healthy and safe during these very rainy months.

1. Prepare rain gear, including an umbrella, hooded raincoat and waterproof shoes or boots, if you regularly travel by foot, to lower the chances of getting soaked when caught in a downpour. Those in immunosuppressed groups, including children, may catch a cold after being exposed to the cool breeze that often accompanies rain showers. If caught unprepared, step into your nearest supermarket or mini-mart – they are usually stocked with basic rain equipment.

little girl in yellow raincoat holding up a colourful umbrella in the rain

When the rainy season comes, be ready.

2. Take a warm shower right after getting drenched (but not in the midst of a thunderstorm). This helps stabilizes the cold temperature brought by the rains, helping the body return to a normal temperature after drying off and getting dressed.

pair of hands cupped to collect water running from a shower

Take a warm shower, but beware the thunder! 🙂

3. Teach children about basic safety around lightning and thunder. The rule of thumb is that if they can hear thunder, it’s time to head indoors, especially if they are swimming and even if it hasn’t started to rain. Also, avoid open areas, such as playing fields; isolated tall objects like trees and light posts; and metal objects such as fences and clotheslines. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last observed lightning strike or thunder to resume outdoor activities.

lightining flash in a purple sky at night over a city in the rainy season

It’s all fun and games till destructive currents start to drop drown from the heavens.

4. Watch out for stagnant water, which is the prime breeding ground for mosquitoes. Malaria Fever, a potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease is most rampant during the rainy season. Regularly empty out still water sources, such as planter saucers and trays, pet water bowls, inflatable pools and decorative urns, around the home and in the garden.

old tub containing dirty water outside on a grassy ground in the rainy season

With the rains come the insects, and yeah, some of them are deadly.

5. Avoid wading in floodwaters, especially when barefoot. It may be fun for kids but beware of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that is spread by floods containing urine and other bodily fluids of infected animals, including dogs and rodents. Also, clean or disinfect toys that have been contaminated by floodwater before allowing children to resume playing with them.

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6. Keep hands clean. Common cold symptoms can escalate during the rainy season. To keep everyone safe, clean hands regularly and always bring a hand sanitizer when you are out and about. Also, make it a habit to wash hands and feet when you get home, especially after contact with rain or floodwaters.

pair of hands pressing a bottle to take some sanitiser for handwashing

Regular handwashing is a very easy activity that does so much for you.

7. Drink herbal tea. It has curative properties for coughs, colds and sore throat — common ailments during the rainy season. To make it extra good for your body (not to mention pleasant and delicious), you can add body warming ingredients like cloves, ginger, pepper, basil and mint.

white cup of tea with a slice of lemon in it and more lemon and sugar on the table beside it

You don’t need an excuse to drink tea but if you did, here’s a very good one.

8. Make eucalyptus oil your best friend. The aroma of eucalyptus oil helps us breathe easily; this, in turn, relaxes the entire body. This substance can be your best friend during the rainy season when the nose gets clogged from flu and the body is maxed out from other diseases or even when dealing with just the extra strain of commuting in the rain.

Source: Home Triangle

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