With all the fuss going on about Zika virus, it is clearly evident that this life threatening virus keeps on spreading everyday. This rapid spreading is happening through coming into contact in various ways with a person who has been bitten by the species of mosquito that carries that virus or being bitten directly by the Zika infected mosquitoes. And since there is no vaccine or specific proven to work treatment for this infection, you are going to want to keep yourself far from it and ensure the chances of you getting it are close to none.
And how can you do that? Whether you are always travelling or staying indoors, you run the risk of catching this infection and may get suffer the miserable fate that is dragged along with it. So to help you keep this life threatening virus called Zika very much at bay, here are some helpful ways you can work with.
• Go For Insect Repellents Approved by Health Authorities
If you live in areas where Zika has been confirmed present or are planning to travel to these areas, you are going to want to buy inscet repellents to help keep off all the destructive insects Zika included. But you should be extra careful when picking the repellents as not all of them are entirely effective. Health authorities in almost every country in the world recommend that people use the repellents with ingredients like lemon eucalyptus oil, IR 3535, paramenthane-diol, picaridin and most importantly, DEET (diethyltoluamide) which has been seen to work very effectively.
See that the repellents you choose to give you sure protection contain the listed ingredients with the least amount of concentration being at forty percentage (40%). Also, make sure that you have the products that have been approved by authorities with a stamp of your country's bureau of standard. This way, you are going to avoid homemade or half baked repellents that won't have any significant amount of power over the mosquitoes.
• Make Sure Almost All Your Body is Covered
The Aedes mosquito species, as with all other species of mosquitoes that carry zika, give off the virus to the human body though a bite on the skin that is exposed. This means that if you can manage to wear long clothes like long pants as opposed to shorts, long sleeved shirts in place of t-shirts and sleeveless and short sleeved shirts, socks and shoes instead of slippers and sandals, you are going to leave very little part of your skin exposed and this will reduce the chances of the Zika carrying mosquito getting its way through to your body.
Buying and wearing clothes that have been treated with an insecticide called Permethrin which is synthetic, is quite an effective way of protecting yourself too. You can buy clothes that have been already treated or you could buy clothes you like and then treat them with the insecticide yourself.
• Try to Stay Indoors During the Day
These Zika mosquitoes are most active during the day. And you are going to find them in shades and in stagnant water. So staying indoors will help keep your chances minimal of coming into contact with them. If you want to exercise, try to do it in your room or apartment. Sweating while outside will attract the mosquito very fast as it is attracted by two things, carbon dioxide or carbon (IV) oxide and heat which are both emitted during a workout.
But this doesn't mean that you should stay in your room for a whole day. If you have to get out there, see that you use the shortest time possible and then get back in. Try to reduce your activities outside where the Aedes is lurking. And as you spend your time within the four walls, keep the doors shut and windows closed completely. You don't want to give up your free time to get a breeze outside to avoid Zika but leave the doors open for it.
• Avoid Sexual Intercourse With Infected People
It was just recently discovered that Zika is now possible to be passed on to other people through sex. If you have a partner that has been diagnosed with this virus, you may want to visit the doctor first before you think of getting intimate with them. If your partner just got from a trip from the areas that have been found to have the mosquitoes with virus inhabiting, before you get romantically rough with them, you should see a doctor for a check up and advise on how to go about it safely.
• Minimize Your Trips
If you've got a thing for traveling, you may want to reduce the number of travels you make especially to the infected regions. There are about 30 of them currently but keep in mind that the list continues to grow. If you are travelling just for sheer fun and delight, consider changing your destination or suspending it until things are under control. Many people who have caught this virus are those that travel regularly as they expose themselves to potential bites by Aedes species, the carrier of Zika virus.
But if you have to travel, for business or other important purposes, ensure you take the necessary precautions to protect you.
• Stay in Air Conditioned Rooms
It is strongly recommended that you stay in well air conditioned rooms so that you keep the air always in motion and not constant in a way that mosquitoes will be able to comfortably adapt to and go on infecting people who are inside. The idea here is to confuse them and give them a hard time getting to survive in the rooms.
• Keep Your Home Well Drained and Maintained
If you are going to avoid them and their spreading infection, you should reduce the chances of their survival and breeding spots. And clearing stagnant water will help reduce the grounds where the lay eggs and get to nurture their little ones. See to it that your home is well drained. Also cover everything that holds water in your house like vases and water cans well enough as mosquitoes can breed easily even in water on a table spoon. Remember to chlorinate the water in your swimming pool much often as this drives them away wildly too.
If you are sure to put many of these tips into immediate practice, you are going to reduce the occasions of bites from mosquitoes which will infect you with Zika, the newly dreaded disease that can't be prevented or cured. You should put them to work as early as now to start keeping them away because you don't know when they will visiting.