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Staying Healthy in the Aftermath of Sandy

by Nicole Etolen

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Aftermath of Sandy

Two weeks ago today, Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast and left a massive wake of destruction in her path. As hard as it is to believe, some people are still without power after 14 days, and still trying to figure out how to survive without heat or hot food. Sadly, those are the lucky ones, as many lost everything when storm surges topped out at 14 feet. Those who were able to preserve some semblance of a home are now dealing with the aftermath of cleaning up badly damaged floors, walls, carpets, and more.

All that water surging into a home can create numerous health hazards. Mold-which produces allergy-like symptoms at best and can be downright deadly at worst- loves a moist environment. The raw sewage that gushes through a home and neighborhood during the storm surge can bring bacteria and other nasty illnesses. From gastrointestinal parasites to colds and other infections, staying healthy in the aftermath of  Sandy requires diligence and very careful cleaning.

Tips for Staying Healthy in the Aftermath of Sandy

The best thing you can do to keep healthy in the aftermath of Sandy is use common sense and listen to advisories from health agencies. Don’t eat or drink anything unless you’re sure it’s safe, and keep a close eye on those who are most susceptible to illness or injury, such as children and the elderly.

Staying Healthy in the Aftermath of Sandy is a post from: Our Family World
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