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As we keep close tabs on the COVID-19 and Russia-Ukraine war developments, we may have sidelined the other life-threatening transmission going around – dengue fever. Weekly reported dengue cases are rising sharply, with 264 cases recorded in the week ending 5 March 2022 – 65 cases more than in the previous week. 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 the new normal, 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 ongoing, it pays to be vigilant when it comes to you and your family’s health and safety. As they say, prevention is better than cure.
Here are 10 tips for you and your loved ones to stay safe at home and outdoors.
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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.
Take note of NEA's anti-dengue checklist below.
Break up hardened soil
Lift and empty flowerpot plates
Overturn pails and wipe their rims
Change water in vases
Keep roof gutters clear and place BTI insecticide
2. Get outdoors with the right protection
Love nature? The most common way to protect against 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
For children, try this DEET-free, GMO-free and skin-friendly Kids Herbal Armor, 60ml, S$6.17.
Here’s another unscented kid-friendly spray to consider.
3. Make a fashion statement
4. It pays to be a kiasu parent
Apart from dressing your child in attire that covers the arms and legs, ensures the little ones’ strollers and carriers has mosquito netting.
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 2020, the fines for households found with mosquito breeding grounds can go up to S$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.
7. Out mozzies out
8. Sleep with ease
10. Portable mosquito murderer
Never has the word “murderer” sounded 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.
Dengue can be deadly. Take the necessary precautions today.
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