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Preventing respiratory diseases: hygiene tips for the carnival season
Whether carnival, carnival or Shrovetide: During the so-called "fifth season", clothing that is too light, too little sleep, too much alcohol and huge crowds increase the risk of respiratory diseases. So that the fools stay healthy despite celebrations, they should heed a few tips.
Although the "fifth season" is the most beautiful of the year for many people, respiratory illnesses such as the more mundane cold with cough and runny nose or the real flu (influenza), which can be associated with severe courses, are now in season. For this reason, the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) recommends, in addition to protection from seasonal flu vaccinations when celebrating, compliance with simple hygiene rules to protect yourself and others from infection.
Pathogens can be easily transmitted in crowds
Whether chatting at the carnival session or having a lively party at a carnival party: when many people come together, pathogens such as cold and flu viruses can be easily transmitted.
Adherence to the so-called cough and sneeze label as well as simple hygiene rules such as regular and thorough hand washing can prevent infection.
"Anyone who suffers from a respiratory infection spreads pathogens via tiny droplets in their environment when coughing and sneezing," explains Dr. med. Heidrun Thaiss, head of the BZgA.
“These can then be inhaled by other people and cause an illness. Pathogens causing respiratory diseases can also be spread through so-called smear infections via hands and shared objects such as glasses, but also door handles and grab handles. Simple hygiene rules help to interrupt transmission chains. "
Important hygiene tips for the carnival season
The BZgA has summarized six important hygiene tips for the carnival season:
- Use a disposable handkerchief when coughing and sneezing and then dispose of it. Keep your distance from others and turn away.
- If no handkerchief is at hand, sneeze into the crook of your arm or cough.
- Only drink from your own glass and use your own cutlery.
- Do not use make-up tools such as lipsticks together.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap, especially after using the toilet, before eating, after cleaning your nose and when you come home.
- Avoid touching the face, especially the mouth, eyes or nose, or touching food with unwashed hands.
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
In the carnival season, however, there are not only health problems from respiratory diseases, but above all from excessive alcohol consumption.
To avoid such complaints, experts recommend eating high-calorie and high-fat before celebrating. Under no circumstances should alcohol be drunk on an empty stomach and, if possible, not mixed up. Pasta dishes, tuna in oil or fried potatoes are a good basis.
When celebrating, the basic rule is that a glass of mineral water follows every alcoholic beverage. This reduces alcohol intake and the body does not dry out. In addition, snacks such as nuts, cheeses or a strong soup are recommended in between.
By the way, the jecken don't have to worry about the cornavirus. According to doctors, the spread risk in Germany is extremely low. (ad)
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This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.