Climate variability during the rainy season can make people easily get sick. Therefore, people need to take care of their health and protect themselves from diseases that often come with the rainy season including taking care of yourself to be safe from the COVID-19 infection.

          For diseases and health hazards that are common during the rainy season, they are divided into 5 groups:

1.                   Infectious respiratory diseases such as influenza and pneumonia, etc.: These will cause symptoms of fever, stuffy nose. Therefore, it is necessary to be cautious and avoid getting wet, especially children and the elderly.

2.                   Gastrointestinal and waterborne diseases: These are the diseases derived from gastrointestinal tract infections such as diarrhea, food poisoning, and cholera.

3.                   Contagious diseases transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes: Due to the fact that Aedes mosquitoes breed and grow well during the rainy season, it can transmit diseases such as dengue fever and joint pain or chikungunya, etc. If having a very high and persistent fever, loss of appetite, feeling weak and lethargic; seek immediate medical attention.

4.                   Other major infectious diseases during the rainy season such as leptospirosis and hand, foot and mouth Disease, etc.

5.                   Other health hazards such as injuries and deaths from drowning and lightning strikes and the danger from being bitten by poisonous animals, etc.

          Therefore, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) would like to recommend how to maintain good health during the rainy season as follow: Every time you leave the house, you should carry an umbrella or a raincoat; Avoid wading through flooded water to prevent fungi, Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis and leptospirosis; Quickly dry yourself after getting wet or take a shower and wash your hair thoroughly; Drink enough clean water per day; Stay away from mosquitoes, and eliminate mosquito breeding sites to prevent dengue fever; Do not stay outdoors during thunderstorms; Get enough sleep and exercise regularly; and Eat foods that warm the body such as ginger, pepper, galingale, etc.

          In addition, everyone must always wear sanitary face mask when staying in a crowded community, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak. Disease prevention and control measures must be strictly complied with to keep us all safe and disease-free.

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