Falling sick, whether COVID-19 or not, can be dangerous because visiting a doctor can be stressful. Moreover, another disease can weaken the body, making you more susceptible to the deadly COVID-19 infection. The time of the widespread, mosquito-borne infection, Dengue is here and people are looking to stay safe. Therefore, here are 5 mistakes to avoid to stay safe from dengue, especially during times of COVID-19.
5 mistakes you must not make in dengue prevention
- Stagnant water – Mosquitoes that carry dengue disease do not necessarily breed in dirty water, but can also breed in clean, stagnant water. It is recommended to clean such areas such as water coolers, air coolers that store water frequently. Even if you need to store water, try to keep it covered and use it as soon as possible.
- Keeping doors and windows open in the evening – It is important to ensure that you shut all windows and doors by the time it is evening. Mosquitoes tend to flock towards homes in the evening. However, this does not mean that a mosquito carrying dengue cannot bite you during the day. So, try to be safe all the time.
- No preventions taken indoors – Many people take various prevention steps such as wearing full-sleeved clothing, using repellents etc. outside but avoid them indoors. This common notion that mosquitoes that are indoors will not cause disease does not make sense. Use all the precautions even when you are indoors.
- Unhygienic conditions – Insects such as mosquitoes, cockroaches, and others that carry the disease are attracted to unhygienic conditions. Ensure that your house is disinfected properly with alcohol-based disinfectants every now and then. This will keep the risk of dengue, COVID-19 as well as other diseases at bay.
- Not taking symptoms seriously – Many people do not take symptoms of any disease seriously and blame it on the weather. They even look it up on the internet and self-medicate. All these things can be dangerous, and a delayed diagnosis can be fatal. Consult a doctor if you see any symptoms of a disease, and act according to their advice.
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