Let’s be real, now is not the best time to get the flu. After all, COVID-19 is prevalent in some parts of the world right now—there are more than 70 cases in Singapore alone—and given that it shares similar symptoms as the flu, we’d rather have a clean bill of health and confirm+chop that we are not infected.
Moreover, even if we don’t have the virus, try coughing or sneezing in public nowadays—you’re likely to get a glare or see people scurrying away from you. That said, don’t sabo ah—if you are ill, please wear a mask and more importantly, stay at home.
The good news is, there are ways you can stay flu-free. Scroll through the gallery to find out.
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Avoid rush hour commutes
Heavy rains with possible flooding can make commuting more difficult. If you have the chance to avoid hours when congestion is at its peak, do so. Avoid the hassle and the possibility of getting stuck in a downpour, leave earlier in the morning, or talk to your boss about your schedule adjustment.
Have some backup clothes ready
Since it’s easy to get wet during rainy days, walking around with your wet clothes is like inviting a virus into your body resulting a fever and common cold. Prevent this by stashing away a pair of extra clothes at the office or at your gym during rainy days.
Keep up with weather updates
Stay up-to-date with the latest news and weather forecast which you can monitor not only on the radio and TV but also on social networking sites. Follow accounts that shares useful information about weather and traffic updates, which might help you to get rid away from flooded areas and find alternate routes.
Always carry an umbrella
Getting wet from a sudden downpour can cause sudden change with body temperature that may lead to fever and colds. To avoid getting sick, don’t forget to bring your umbrella with you wherever you go. It’s not only the best rain gear, but also a sickness shield against cough, colds or fever when you’re caught up on a rainy day.
Keep your nutrition up
Eating healthy food is the cheapest way to protect you from sickness. You can cook a hot soup to invigorate your body or eat vitamin C-rich foods to boost your immune system to help repulse flu and infection. A delicious and healthy meal is what makes rainy days a little warmer.
Wash your hands thoroughly
To keep you from getting colds, cough and influenza, regular hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. Wash your hands properly by lathering soap between your fingers, under your nails and the top of your hands. Then rinse and dry your hands thoroughly too.
Drink plenty of water
Keep your hydration levels up by drinking six to eight cups of water a day with a squeeze of lemon. Warm water gets your blood circulation going, which leads to a strong immune systems that can protect you against getting infections and allergies.
Keep your surroundings clean
Dengue, a fatal disease caused by mosquitoes, is the most rampant disease during the rainy season. Don’t leave any water stagnant and throw away the things that may promote mosquito breeding.
Text: Natalya Molok / The Singapore Women’s Weekly / January 2018