Evening commute raises your chances of getting infections

Commuters regularly spend hours on the road due to traffic. Aside from wasted productivity, this can also heighten your chances of being sick.
Date Posted: Mar 1, 2017

Commuters regularly spend hours on the road due to traffic. Aside from wasted productivity, this can also heighten your chances of being sick.

“Hindi natin kasi masasabi kung ano talaga ‘yung health ng isang tao. Maaaring ‘yung iba sa kanila ay may ubo at sipon. Syempre, maaaring kumapit ito [bacteria o infection] sa skin mo,” Dr. Gerald Belandres, a practitioner of general occupational medicine, said.

Aside from vulnerability to various diseases, commuters who are exposed to air pollution, such as those riding in non-airconditioned vehicles, are also at a higher risk of getting sick. 

“Mga pathogens through air pollution. Hindi lang kasi mga smoke lang e. Nandyan din kasi ang mga infections, allergens, bacteria at viruses, halo-halo na,” Belandres said.

Daily exposure to traffic also triggers stress, which may then lead to skin diseases.

“Iyong mga hormones din kasi natin sa katawan ay nagiging hyperactive kaya minsan ay nago-open ‘yung mga pores natin. Tapos, once na nag-open, syempre, maaaring pasukan din ito ng infections and may lead to certain diseases like skin diseases,” Belandres explained.

As nighttime approaches, your body may also become more vulnerable to disease-causing infections. In a study conducted by the Cambridge University, people who commute in the evening are ten times more vulnerable to infections.

According to Belandres, the best defense is maintaining proper hygiene by bathing or handwashing with an antibacterial soap.

“Importante na maligo na rin para at least naman ay maalis ‘yung mga infections or mga pathogens. Importante talaga ang antibacterial soap sa araw-araw na paglilinis ng katawan,” Belandres said. 

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