The rainy season conjures a cozy image, being a perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee or a bowl of hot soup, catch up on some reading, and enjoy snuggling with loved ones. On the practical side, our electricity bills tend to be lower during the rainy season because there’s less need to use fans and air conditioners.
While the rainy weather can be enjoyable, we also cannot deny that flu and other illnesses like dengue are common around this time. To help make your rainy months illness-proof, here are some tips on how to stay healthy and dengue-free for this rainy season:
1. Prepare your rain gear
Having an umbrella and other rain gear can protect you from being soaked in the rain. Wearing boots is advisable too during the rainy season to protect yourself against possible viruses and germs that can be found in flooded areas and stocked rainwater.
2. Protect your home from mosquitoes
Examine the places in your house that can breed mosquitoes such as the gutters, plant pots, and other areas. Mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria are common during the rainy season, so it is best to prepare for them by eliminating their potential breeding grounds.
3. Boost your immune system
Load up on vitamin C, eat nutritious food, and drink lots of water. These will help boost our immune system against possible flu and viruses caused by the rainy season.
4. Wash hands often
Bacteria are more active during this season because of the moist environment, which is why it is important to wash your hands before you eat, touch your face, and carry your kids. Additional tip: Have a sanitizer or alcohol ready in your bag. Don’t forget to use insect repellents too!
5. Stay updated
Watch news, listen to the radio, and follow social media channels that update about the weather – this will help you to prepare and avoid flooded areas. To know more about dengue, you can also visit the official website of the Department of Health here.
On top of the tips mentioned above, we need to allot a budget for wellness activities, medical check-ups, and necessary vaccines. It also pays to invest in a health card and setting aside funds for medical emergencies.
As your Partner for Life, Sun Life can help you prepare and access the best care should an illness strike. With our health insurance plans, you can live a fuller and brighter life with your loved ones without having to worry about the financial impact of a medical emergency.
As they say, prevention is better than cure. It is always better to keep our families protected and ready no matter what the season is. Know the health insurance plans that are suited for you. Talk to one of our financial advisors today!