10 proactive steps to keep you and your family free from dengue fever

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As we keep close tabs on the COVID-19 developments, we may have sidelined the other life-threatening transmission going around – dengue fever. According to the National Environment Agency (NEA) as of 13 July, dengue cases hit an all-time high of 17,249, way exceeding the number of dengue cases in the whole of 2019. Also, dengue cases this year is expected to exceed Singapore’s record high of dengue outbreak in 2013 at 22,170.

What a year, right?

As we adjust to a new normal in Phase 2, many are still opting to play it safe by engaging in more outdoor activities and staying at home. With 410 active dengue clusters in Singapore (as of 20 July 2020) where intensive dengue transmission is on-going, it pays to be vigilant when it comes to you and your family’s health and safety. Here are 10 tips for you and your loved ones to stay safe at home and outdoors.

1. Stay informed

Get up-to-date information from the NEA website, Stop Dengue Now Facebook page and myENV app. Check the NEA website regularly for any dengue clusters in your estate.

2. Get outdoors with the right protection

Love nature? The most common way to protect against the mozzies is using insect repellents. However, many are confused about its application. Insect repellants should be the final layer you apply on your skin – after your body lotion and sunscreen. For those who are averse to the strong smell of over-the-counter insect repellants, try

All Terrain, Herbal Armor, Insect Repellant DEET-Free Pump Spray, 60ml, S$6.17

All Terrain, Herbal Armor, Insect Repellant DEET-Free Pump Spray, 60ml. PHOTO: iHerb
All Terrain, Herbal Armor, Insect Repellant DEET-Free Pump Spray, 60ml. PHOTO: iHerb

For children, try this DEET-free, GMO-free and skin-friendly Kids Herbal Armor, 60ml, S$6.17.

DEET-free, GMO-free and skin-friendly Kids Herbal Armor, 60ml. PHOTO: iHerb
DEET-free, GMO-free and skin-friendly Kids Herbal Armor, 60ml. PHOTO: iHerb

Here’s another unscented kid-friendly spray to consider.

3. Make a fashion statement

Get a set and make it a family affair! Wear these anti-mosquito aromatherapy diffuser bracelets wherever you and your family go.

4. It pays to be a kiasu parent

Apart from dressing your child in attire that covers the arms and legs, ensure the little ones’ strollers and carriers has a mosquito netting.

Mosquito net with quick connect design, Fits to crib, bassinet and 95% strollers, S$28.07

Mosquito net with quick connect design, Fits to crib, bassinet and 95% strollers, S$28.07. PHOTO: Amazon
Mosquito net with quick connect design, Fits to crib, bassinet and 95% strollers, S$28.07. PHOTO: Amazon

For those who love the outdoors, consider treating your clothes and gear like boots, pants, socks and tents with Premium Permethrin Insect Repellent for Clothing, Gear & Tents.

5. Tend to your garden with no worries

Do a thorough check around the house for stagnant pools of water. Pay extra attention to flower pots, pails, air-conditioning trays and clogged drains. Starting 15 July, the fines for households found with mosquito breeding grounds can go up to $5,000. Be sure to use these mosquito dunks and mosquito granules to rid mozzies once and for all.

6. Chase the bugs away with essential oils

If you are an advocate for all things natural, try using Lemon Eucalyptus, lemongrass and peppermint essential oils that are known to keep away pests and bugs. You can even make your own anti-mozzie spray. Here’s how. In an opaque spray bottle, add a half cup water and 20 drops of the lemongrass or peppermint oil. Mix and spritz over any exposed skin. The solution is effective when sprayed on clothes as well as on windowsills.

Lemongrass essential oil, 118ml, S$19.13

Lemongrass essential oil, 118ml, S$19.13. PHOTO: iHerb
Lemongrass essential oil, 118ml, S$19.13. PHOTO: iHerb

Peppermint essential oil, 118ml, S$24.76

Peppermint essential oil, 118ml, S$24.76. PHOTO: iHerb
Peppermint essential oil, 118ml, S$24.76. PHOTO: iHerb

7. Out mozzies out

Fix up fly screens to your windows and doors. Remember to check periodically to see if any holes require maintenance. You can fix holes with patches as well.

8. Sleep with ease

Keep out mozzies with this luxury mosquito canopy or the premium mosquito net for beds of all sizes. Have a newborn? Why not get the crib mosquito net to have a peace of mind?

9. Outdoors/Balconies

Have a garden or balcony where you love spending time at? Try lighting these citronella candles to keep the mozzies away.

10. Portable mosquito murderer

Never has the word “murderer” sound sweeter. Whether you are catching up on your beauty sleep or having a drama marathon at home, these household anti-mosquito lamps should be the latest add-ons to your living room, study room and bedrooms. Best of all, they not only kill mosquitoes but other pests at the same time.

Indoor Mosquito Killing Lamp, S$66.27

Indoor Mosquito Killing Lamp, S$66.27. PHOTO: Amazon
Indoor Mosquito Killing Lamp, S$66.27. PHOTO: Amazon

Multifunction USB Mosquito Fly Trap Murderer Lamps, S$66.58

Multifunction USB Mosquito Fly Trap Murderer Lamps, S$66.58. PHOTO: Amazon
Multifunction USB Mosquito Fly Trap Murderer Lamps, S$66.58. PHOTO: Amazon

Bug Zapper & LED Camping Lantern & Flashlight 3-in-1, Waterproof, S$55.80

Bug Zapper & LED Camping Lantern & Flashlight 3-in-1, Waterproof, S$55.80. PHOTO: Amazon
Bug Zapper & LED Camping Lantern & Flashlight 3-in-1, Waterproof, S$55.80. PHOTO: Amazon

Dengue can be deadly. Take the necessary precautions today.

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