Safe and clean drinking water protect your health during the monsoon+ covid19
Keep a watch on your drinking water to stay away from season flue and Bacteria this rainy season, In Covid 19 it is even very crucial to safeguard your health to avoid fatal diseases.
By Dr. Mahesh Gupta, CMD, Kent RO Systems Ltd.
We are in the midst of the unprecedented novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and access to clean water has become even more crucial as it is one the key interventions in COVID-19 response plan.
WHO states, access to clean water and sanitation is not a reality for billions around the world. Around 2.2 billion people around the world do not have access to safely managed drinking water services, while 4.2 billion people do not have sanitation services and 3 billion lack basic hand washing facilities.
Moreover with the rainy season it is time to become even more alert. Despite the fact that the monsoon season is refreshing as the lower temperatures keep one at ease, it isn’t a very healthy month for most. It is rather an alarming period as the change of season can lead to health worries; damp weather, high humidity and infections become a bane for one’s health. Monsoons have always been recorded as a busy season for laboratories, clinics and hospitals all across the country as with it arrives swarms of unwanted and harmful viruses and diseases that leave no stone unturned to reach out to the common man in various forms.
The common ailments which are widespread during monsoons are common cold, viral infections, influenza, pneumonia, malaria, dengue, diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, typhoid and hepatitis or jaundice. This happens mostly because of contaminated water and because 70% of our body is made up of water, it is highly recommended that we ensure continuous supply of safe and healthy drinking water in monsoons; and all the more now as it is integral in protecting human health during disease outbreaks like at present. Moreover, moisture in the air, unhygienic conditions and not adhering to basic preventive measures builds up the risk factors.
Water borne diseases specifically are bound to find their way into our homes and attack our immunity levels resulting in most of these diseases. So, the monsoons require that we take extra care of our health. The change of weather can lead to infections if our immunity is not at its peak. However, water borne diseases can be controlled by paying attention to proper sanitation, personal hygiene and especially consuming water that is safe.
What one needs to understand is that microbial and organic contaminants cannot always be perceived by human senses. And traditional methods like boiling water or distilled water are just not enough to get rid of waterborne contaminants like aluminium, ammonia, arsenic and fluoride. More over how many days can one buy bottled water? So look for a long term solution.
Also no matter what steps the Government is taking to provide clean water to its citizens, you have to play your part and purify water at home using home water purifier. An extreme caution is to be taken with water you consume as it may be contaminated. Spread of infection can occur if this water is consumed by drinking, during cooking, washing or bathing.
You need to choose the right water purifier, by asking a water expert to suggest the right water-purification technology, depending on the kind of water that you get at your place. Unless the purifier is suited for the water, it will not be able to purify the contamination. There are technologies like RO + UV + UF which not only help in purifying water but also retain all the minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc etc.
So, take good care of yourself and your family members and be well equipped this monsoon in particular. Make that important decision about investing in a home water purifier for the safety of your loved ones; during the monsoon and every day.