Bid Goodbye to Seasonal Diseases during the Pandemic with 7 Basic Practices

Adding to the insurmountable loss of life the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought, seasonal diseases during the ongoing monsoon have risen as another nail in the coffin bringing in a host of fungal, bacterial & viral infections. While a health insurance cover is crucial and will certainly protect you against any unforeseen circumstances that might lead to unplanned financial liabilities, prevention will always be better than cure.

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      7 Practices that can help you deal with Seasonal Diseases

      In addition to buying health insurance cover, check out the list of 7 basics you should practice to mitigate the risk of being a victim of the seasonal diseases and ensure that you continue enjoying the fruits of the monsoon by staying protected.

      1. Practice Social Distancing Everywhere You Go

      With the lockdown ending and offices gradually resuming, people are back in the open extensively using public transport. Public places like gyms, fitness centres, cinema halls, malls, and markets have also opened up increasing the chances of catching contagious diseases including flu. In such situations, it is very important to take basic precautions that help you stay protected such as:

      • Maintaining social distance with people, especially with those having symptoms of illness
      • Carry face masks everywhere
      • People with weaker immunity, preferably elderly and children should avoid going to crowded places

      2. Ensure a Consistent Fitness/Well-Being Regime for Yourself and Family

      Perhaps the most important and beneficial practice you can do is consistently exercising & taking care of your well-being. A healthy fitness regime can go a long way in helping you stay protected from seasonal days by making your immunity stronger day by day.

      Not only does it make you healthy but also mitigates the risk of Chronic diseases that can arise anytime leading to unwanted stress and medical bills ready to burn your pocket.  

      Having said that, fitness just doesn’t mean hitting the gym for 2 hours every day. Anybody can practice being fitter and in case a gym is something that doesn’t fit your liking, the following are a few suggestions to try:

      • Aerobic activities like HIIT that help to increase your breathing rate
      • High-intensity sports activities like Tennis & Running
      • Yoga
      • Cycling, jogging & brisk walking

      However, choosing the right type of exercise is extremely important which keeps your entire respiratory system healthy. In case you wish to develop stronger muscles, you can opt for resistance/strength training like lifting weights or simply using a resistance band in case public gyms around you are closed.

      3. Take Utmost Care of Your Hygiene

      Personal hygiene has not only become the need of the hour in the harsh times of pandemic, but it is also becoming increasingly essential for individuals to make sure that they do not catch unwanted contagious diseases & become a walking carriers, spreading the risk further. To ensure personal hygiene follow few steps:

      • Making sure that you take periodic baths to wash off the germs stuck on your skin is the best way to stay protected from gaining illness
      • Hands are the single point of contact to transfer contagious diseases. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating meals or after using the washroom
      • Avoid sneezing or coughing without covering your face

      4. Protect Yourself from Seasonal Mosquito Bites as Much as You Can

      The ongoing monsoon season is a season of mosquito breeding resulting in seasonal diseases like Malaria & Dengue. From a small puddle on the street to the bucket in your house, mosquitoes can breed anywhere.

      To save yourself and your family from such diseases you need to keep a check of a few things during this season:

      • Avoid accumulation of stagnant water in your water coolers, tanks and spaces on the terrace and balconies
      • Wear full sleeves clothes and trousers, especially while going out
      • The use of mosquito repellents and nets is highly recommended
      • Whenever possible, keep fumigating the home to remove mosquitoes and bugs

      5. Make sure to Intake Healthy & Hygienic Food            

      Health is wealth, everybody has heard this but very few abide by it. The best gift you can give your loved ones is a healthy you, and to do all you need to do is:

      • Be mindful of what you eat and drink
      • Avoid roadside food and stick to fresh home-cooked meals
      • Carry your water bottle, drinking boiled and purified water is recommended
      • Eat seasonal and immunity-boosting recipes
      • Incorporate a balanced diet. It is very common to say this but it never gets old. Following a Vitamin-rich balanced diet is difficult but it is crucial for one’s wellbeing.

      6. Practice Maintaining a Healthy Respiratory System

      Nowadays, increasing pollution & deteriorating air quality is already harming our lungs and air-borne infections are already an additional complication to that. Following are certain home remedies that will not only give you a sigh of relief but also keep a regular check on the health of your respiratory system:

      • Make a habit of consuming a glass of warm water post-dinner and waking up
      • Take steam inhalation at least once a day
      • Practicing yoga and breathing exercises such as pranayama is your best prowess for maintaining a healthy respiratory system

      7. Make Disinfecting Surfaces Frequently Your New Habit

      Regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces at your home and workplace can do wonders by keeping you safe from seasonal diseases as most of them are contagious and easily carried through surfaces.

      Cleaning with disinfectants is prescribed as a better alternative than regular soaps or detergents to kill germs to up to 99%. Here are some tips for you to use disinfectants the right way:

      • Ensure safety by following the directions on the back of disinfectant
      • Adequate ventilation is needed
      • Keep it out of reach of children and pets
      • Do not mix it with chemicals

      Wrapping it up

      The monsoon season with heavy rains certainly brings in a lot of joy but also carries with it unwanted perils. The best way to continue enjoying the many emotions the monsoon evokes in us without the fear of catching a seasonal disease is to practice these above tips.

      Also, in case you don’t already have health insurance for yourself & your loved ones, now might be the right time to invest in one, as no matter how many precautions you take care of, even the slightest involuntary mistake can end up landing you or your closest kins in a hospital with a stack of medical bills.

      Stay protected, stay safe.

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