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How To Prevent Air Borne Diseases
Avoid infected food: Undercooked meats and poultry are the most common sources. Fresh, uncooked vegetable which have not been cleaned properly can also lead to infections. Once cooked food has been allowed to reach room temperature it is no longer considered safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Live well: The best thing to do to avoid disease is to live sensibly -- that means 'no bad habits' - like smoking, alcohol etc. Exercising at least 5x week. Eating well - avoiding all the fast-foods, 'junk' out there. Sleeping 8 hrs a night. Keeping stress levels to the minimum. AND checking in with your doc periodically for routine health care incl. vaccinations etc. Give your primary doc a call & take care ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
#1 option: Wash hands adequately and frequently.Get a more detailed answer ›
Wash and cook: Make sure you thoroughly wash all produce and remove the peel in unable to wash or water supply is questionable. Cook all meats thoroughly and do not use unwashed utensils used too handle raw meat to eat with. Also, ensure you store/refrigerate all left overs and don't let things sit out in the warmth for prolonged periods. ...Read more
Can you tell me how have humans evolved to develop strategies (systems,etc.) that protect against infectious disease?
Highly sophisticated: Thankfully the way God made us -we have immune systems that operate on multiple levels. We can trace back these systems to the earliest life forms -fever, in itself, is one of the most primitive defenses. Just by 'turning up the heat' it makes it harder for germs to survive within us. Then there are systems in the blood (complement), specialized cells - B cells/T cells, specialized organs. Amazing ...Read more
Avoidance: The best way to avoid influenza is good hand hygiene and avoidance of exposure to infected individuals. The "flu" shot is very effective as well but not appropriate for infants <6 months old. Discuss with your provider. Avoid touching having people touch your baby around the eyes, nose and mouth. ...Read more
Same as anywhere: Adequate cooking. Good hygiene. Wash vegetables.Get a more detailed answer ›
Easily: A lot of bacteria for example that cause human disease are part of normal sewage, precisely because a lot of sewage comes from, well, humans. So for instance, contaminated water with the salmonella and e. Coli bacteria cause human disease when sprayed on vegetables. Luckily in the usa at least, we have mostly good sewage treatment and outbreaks are less common, but do occur. ...Read more
Diet, vaccination, : Exercise, weight control. The question is too broad, but in a nutshell, eat fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, limit fat intake, keep weight below bmi 25 or even lower by restricting caloric intake, exercise about 5 hours/week, do not smoke, drink less than one drink/day, limit number of sex partners, get vaccinated, no substance abuse, have a network of friends and pray. ...Read more
The skin: is an effective barrier in most cases. Body openings/orifices have various physiological adaptations to prevent infection. The immune system, with its army of antibodies and white blood cells, is constantly on patrol to identify and eliminate microscopic invaders. ...Read more
Several things!: Keeping windows closed, particularly at night, driving with closed windows, using central air systems in your home, these can all help. Showering at night will also help. ...Read more
Avoid Mosquitos: If you are traveling to an area where dengue is endemic, be sure to wear appropriate clothing during the day (that's when this type of mosquito is active) and a repellant. I don't know where you live or if you're traveling, but it's a broad question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: Aside from allergens such as pollen, dust and pet dander, chemicals such as smoke can cause dry eyes and blurred vision. Aerosolized cleaning products may be acidic or basic and if they get into the eyes, can cause irritation and blurred vision as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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