The right gestures so that summer rhymes with health!

This summer, don’t forget the good things you do to stay healthy © Pixabay

Coronavirus, heat wave, sun, tiger mosquito, swimming, ragweed … Faced with the dangers which threaten the tranquility of summer each year, the Regional Health Agency of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes recently sounded the alarm. The objective? Recall the main reflexes to have to preserve your health this summer.

Covid-19: think about barrier gestures

The arrival of the heyday and the deconfinement favored the tendency to “relax” in the face of the fight against the Covid-19. The virus continues to circulate in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. To protect yourself, don’t forget barrier gestures ! On land or in water, respect the sanitary safety distances or wear a mask when they are not possible.

Beware the effects of the heat wave!

Heat wave is also one of the plagues of this period against which we must know how to protect ourselves. During the Covid-19 epidemic, it is necessary to recall the potential health seriousness of heat wave episodes, which should not be reduced due to the current situation“, Recalls the ARS.

This period of hot weather is conducive to sunstroke. To protect yourself, remember to hydrate yourself well.

Also beware of hypoglycemia and the effects of the sun’s rays. Protect your eyes and skin and limit your exposure, avoiding the 11 am-4pm slot.

For people suffering from pathologies like diabetes for example, stick to taking your treatments. Certain doses of medication must be adjusted in summer, remember to contact your doctor.

The good gestures of summer: for swimming, safety above all

Sea, lakes, swimming pools … What better way to cool off? However, it must be done safely! ” In lakes and rivers, there are a large number of drownings every year“, Alerts the ARS. To avoid a tragedy, it is essential to follow the safety instructions. ” Never overestimate your physical abilities As the ARS reminds us, the risks are too great. Do not venture into areas prohibited for swimming, or potentially dirty and dangerous.

Healthy gestures to enjoy the bath

Even in hot weather, the water remains relatively cold compared to your body temperature, especially after you are basked in the sun. To avoid the risk of hydrocution, do not be in a hurry! The entry into the water must be done step by step: first wet your feet, arms and neck before entering it fully. Also avoid swimming after consumed alcohol and within two hours of a meal. All frail people (children, elderly or sick …) must also be monitored and accompanied in the water.

On the other hand, swimming should be prohibited in the event of a wound, viral or contagious pathologies or if, conversely, the water seems to be soiled. For each dip, wear clean clothes and avoid dirtying the water (waste, chemical discharge, etc.).

Also remember to respect the barrier gestures to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus!

Insect bites, allergies… how to protect yourself?

Who says heat, also says insects of all kinds … Despite its small size (3 to 6 mm approximately), the tick can cause a potentially serious pathology, Lyme disease.

The tiger mosquito, already present in some departments of the region, can carry exotic viruses such as zika, chikungunya or dengue, potentially dangerous for the most vulnerable people.

Adopt the right reflexes to avoid stings

Consider wearing protective clothing and tucking your T-shirts into pants and hems into your shoes. At the end of each ride, check your body, clothes and hair for signs of bites. Ticks are more devious and can bite in the hottest places on the body (body folds, groin, armpits, etc.).

In the event of the appearance of suspicious symptoms (pain, vomiting, diarrhea, appearance of red patches which get larger, etc.) consult a doctor.

Allergies: ambrosia returns

The fight against ragweed continues!

Sneeze! Pollen and flowers are back… With rhinitis, runny nose and other joys from allergy attacks as a result… The region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is one of the most affected regions by ambrosia, with 600,000 people potentially affected, according to the ARS. More than 20% of the population is allergic to ragweed.

If you spot already flowering plants, avoid touching them and report their presence via an online platform. The most daring can participate directly in its eradication: “remove them using suitable equipment: gloves, glasses and mask during flowering“, Recommends the ARS.

In summer: say no to STDs!

Alcohol, heat, holidays … relaxing on sunny days should not overshadow vigilance for one’s health. In summer and winter, keep on protect during sex. Contraceptive means such as condoms are freely distributed in screening centers, family schedules, or associations fighting against AIDS and others sexually transmitted infections (STDs).

Even unprotected sex can have long-term effects on health and life in general. Let it be theonset of an unwanted pregnancy, or the contraction of STDs which can cause life-threatening pathologies (virus VIH, Hepatitis B, herpes…). In other cases, prevention upstream is possible by administering a human papillomavirus vaccine.


Our friends animals must also be protected in summer. Dehydration and heatstroke can also affect our hairballs … Just like insect bites. For more information and advice, consult a veterinarian.


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