Passengers more susceptible to airborne diseases
Vacation is about to end. That’s why a lot of people are heading out for last-minute out of town trips.
However, a health expert warns travelers to be cautious as they are more vulnerable to airborne diseases.
Travellers can acquire communicable diseases when an infected person spews germ-containing droplets into the air.
“Bumahing sa loob ng bus, lumilipad lipad lang ‘yan [droplets from a sneeze], makukuha mo rin [‘yung disease],” Department of Health spokesperson, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy said.
Transmission occurs when the droplets containing germs land in another person’s hands, nose and mouth.
“Sa bus pagtayo mo, tapos may nakasakay din siksikan humawak din doon [infected surface], tapos humawak sa ilong at bibig. Gano’n kasimple ang transmission,” Suy said.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, simple handwashing can prevent about 30% of diarrhea-related sickness and about 20% of respiratory infections.
Regular washing or bathing using a soap with an antibacterial property is an effective way to protect yourself against airborne diseases.
“Palaging maghugas ng kamay, ‘yung kalinisan ng katawan. Minimize rin ‘yung maka-expose o makahawa ka ng iba,” Suy said.