Here Are Some Tips To Stay Healthy During Floods


Two Indian states - Kerala and Odisha- are in the news as they have been badly affected by floods caused due to heavy rains.

Floods cause damage to life and property and also end up triggering a plethora of diseases. Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, malaria, and chikungunya break out because of stagnant water accumulation during rains and floods, while other ailments like jaundice, cholera, diarrhoea, etc., affect people due to the consumption of contaminated water and foods.

During natural disasters like flood, people are more prone to diseases like dermatitis, conjunctivitis, ear and nose infections etc.

Here are a few tips you should follow if you stay in a flood-prone area. These tips will help in keeping you safe and away from diseases and injuries.

The N95 mask will help in filtering the air that you breathe by 95%, lowering your chances of inhaling liquid or airborne particles thereby preventing contamination. The waterproof gloves and boots will keep you away from the contaminated flood water and it will also help in keeping your hands and legs dry and reduce your chances of getting rashes and fever.

Make sure the water you use for bathing and drinking is disinfected by boiling and then cooling.
Do wash your hand properly with soap whenever you:
- Return from outside
- Cook anything
- Eat or feed anyone
- Partake in any flood clean-up activities
- Touch floodwater or anything that is contaminated

Following the above tips will help you in keeping diseases and infections at bay. Do share this article with your near and dear ones to educate them about how to maintain sanitation and good health at the time of natural calamities like floods.

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