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    Feeling Under the Weather? Over 1,300 People in Palmares Have Respiratory Infections Too

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The increase in cases of acute respiratory infections are worrying the municipal authorities in the canton of Palmares, Alajuela, since this August had 1,365 new cases, when the monthly average is 812 cases, according to the records of the governing area health center.

    With this new data, the total is 7,338 sick patients between January and August.

    City officials were concerned about the increase in the cases described in a report of the Department of Health and ensure that sudden changes in temperature are the main causes.

    Therefore, they are calling for prevention by healthy people and people already suffering from respiratory illnesses.

    Their suggestions to get healthy and stay healthy:

    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, especially if you touch objects that can be touched by other people.
    • Use disinfectant to clean surfaces such as telephone handsets, doorknobs, tables and more.
    • Avoid visiting people with respiratory symptoms. If you have to do, do not bring children, elderly or pregnant people.
    • Avoid carrying children, elderly or pregnant people to places with crowds of people, especially if it is indoors.
    • The patient should avoid smoke from wood stoves, trucks, factories and tobacco. Scientific studies have shown that a person living with smokers may have higher respiratory problems than those who live with non-smokers.

    For people with respiratory diseases, they specifically caution to wash hands frequently, do not frequent closed places where crowds of people are, nor exposed to sudden temperature changes and also stay well hydrated.

    The disease is transmitted from person to person by saliva droplets resulting from coughs and sneezes. The droplets can be inhaled directly or passed from hand to hand.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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