Traveling far outside your familiar surroundings gives you the opportunity to partake in new and exotic experiences. It can also give exotic bugs and foreign toxins the opportunity to invade your body. It can do lethal damage to your health.
Even if you don’t normally venture far beyond home,that does not matter anymore. You can easily come in contact with people who have been exposed to deadly
Third World diseases that may be as close as your nearest airport…or Wal Mart.
Ebola Jitters Point Up
This summer’s Ebola breakout in West Africa is but one example. Diseases often originate in impoverished places – where sanitation and hygiene practices are lacking. It can quickly lead to a global crisis. The World Health Organization declared an international health emergency over the Ebola breakout. The virus continues to spread. Now at an alarming pace in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and elsewhere in the region.
Ebola is fatal in a majority of cases. There is no reliable cure, and patients must be quarantined.
The risk of an Ebola pandemic spreading into North America is said by most experts to be low. However, our government isn’t taking the necessary precautions. Especially to ensure that Ebola carriers don’t arrive here from airports and other ports of entry. Some public health advocates call for restricting air arrivals from high-risk parts of Africa. But the government has yet to ban incoming flights from more disease prone nations.
Third World Diseases Have Arrived –
Secure Your Medical Care ASAP
Third World parasites, viruses, and bacteria are hitching their way into the U.S. It’s the result of widespread global tourism and border-crashing illegal aliens. Health conditions along the U.S./Mexico border and in some inner cities “for all practical purposes, resemble a developing country.” That’s from a leading microbiologist at George Washington University.
Chagas is a nasty parasite carried by the kissing bug. The disease originated in South America, but it has been making its way north. According to the Centers for Disease Control, as many as 300,000 people in the U.S. may now be carriers.
A mosquito-borne illness that was once just relegated to tropical areas of Africa has made its way to our shores. It’s called chikungunya.
Last year, an outbreak occurred for the first time in the Caribbean. From there, this nasty virus traveled to the United States. Cases have been confirmed in multiple states, from Florida to New York. Nationwide, the count is in the hundreds.
In most of these cases, people were bitten while visiting the Caribbean. Or they were visitors who had been infected elsewhere – and then carried the disease here. But
in several cases, the disease has been transmitted domestically. Officials confirm that they suspect local mosquitoes have bitten infected travelers. Those local mosquitoes
then become carriers and can infect others.
This is the same way that West Nile Virus gained a foothold in the U.S.
Many other types of diseases are spreading in the U.S. due to global migration and tourism. The more you travel – especially outside of the country – the more you put yourself at risk of acquiring an infection.
Protect Your Health
without Going Overboard
Whether it’s a common cold or bed bug bites or a deadly disease, the number of potential health threats you face suggest strongly that you take sensible precautions. Especially whenever you travel or enter public areas that may be populated with travelers. By doing so, you can reduce your risk of coming down with a severe case of traveler’s remorse – or worse.
When you’re on an airplane or a cruise ship or other confined space with travelers, you’re at heightened risk of acquiring an infection. It’s important to take extra precautions in such situations.
- Taking vitamin C supplements and immuneboosting herbs beforehand.
- Washing hands regularly.
- Keeping liquid hand sanitizer on your person for when a sink isn’t accessible.
- Having a surgical mask available and wearing it when around coughers or other potential sources of air contamination.
The Dirty Secrets Hotels Would
Rather You Not Know About
Even when you check into the privacy of your hotel room, you’re not safe from germs. Even in clean, gleaming, upscale hotels, the rooms may harbor invisible grossness in the air, in the carpets, in the bathroom, and on just about any of the objects you touch.
What’s the most germ-loaded object in a typical hotel room? Surprisingly, it’s not in the bathroom, which is regularly cleaned. According to a 2012 study, it’s the TV remote, which is regularly touched, rarely cleaned, and difficult to disinfect. Studies have found that the typical hotel room remote control is often infested with fecal bacteria. As well as bacteria that cause strep throat and staph infections.
That’s why disinfecting alcohol wipes must be in your travel kit. Wipe down the remote and other questionable objects before handling them.
Hotels are increasingly pressuring guests to reuse their towels. They are urging them to avoid having their bed linens changed daily. In their literature, they say it’s for the sake of conservation and environmental protection. In reality it’s mostly about hotels wanting to conserve on their laundering costs!
Fair enough – most of us don’t need our sheets changed daily. And you can ask for fresh towels when you want them. The important thing is that the sheets and towels
are freshly cleaned when you check in – which any reputable motor inn should do.
What most hotels rarely do is wash the bedspreads or comforters. It’s common for hotels to only wash them every 60 to 90 days. Yikes! Avoid direct skin contact with these potentially filthy bed toppers. Don’t place clean clothes or personal effects, or luggage on top of them. Keep your suitcase away from the bed, and don’t lay it down directly on the floor.
Hotel Horrors for Guests
Who Say NO to Towel Replacements!
That’s because in a worst-case scenario bed bugs or other uninvited parasites could move in. Even high-end hotels can suffer bed bug infestations.
Microbial bugs and toxins can invade your lungs through the air. The quality of the recirculated air you breathe in a hotel room may be poor. In Japan, where cleanliness is an obsession, air purifiers often come standard inside hotel rooms. To protect yourself from polluted indoor air, bring your own portable hypoallergenic air filter with you when you check in.