Passengers more susceptible to airborne diseases

When you travel, you are more susceptible to getting airborne diseases. Find out how you can protect yourself from being infected.
Date Posted: May 26, 2016

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.