Monsoon rains bring me nostalgia of my school days, singing and getting drenched in pouring rains. The rain used to arrive in our village first of June every year. But things have changed. Now a days because of the climate change, no fixed date of the monsoon arrival.
In Kerala the south- west monsoon known as “Edavappathy” which usually begins in the first week of June. But it can be late or sometimes earlier.
After the long hot, scorching summer days, the first shower of monsoon brings a sigh of relief to each and everybody. The downpour quenches the thirst of the parching earth.
With the onset of the season, both plants and animals, withered by the tremendous heat, enliven and come back to their full life. The sapless, pale-looking, dust-smitten trees regain their green and healthy look.
When we talk of monsoon a number of things come to our mind-music, romance, cinema scenes, singing and dancing in the rain..all looks good only on-screen but for mortals like us, it only brings monsoon ailments like viral fever, cough and cold. The cooling monsoon showers bring with them an increased susceptibility to a lot of diseases that is peculiar to the monsoon.
These and many other disease that are more commonly found in the monsoon because the first few rain showers bring along with them obnoxious gases, as well as the air-born germs ,thus accumulating in the lakes and other areas , causing contamination of water.
Even getting wet in the rains can give rise to cold, coughs and fevers as well as body and joint pain. Sudden change in temperature from extreme heat to cold can precipitate viral infection.
Even getting wet in the rains Collection of water in pot holes and stagnation of water as breeding grounds for mosquitoes which spread fever like dengue and chikun guinea.
It is time we get our safeguards ready and gear ourselves up to face monsoon in its full glory. Please remember to carry umbrella or raincoat before stepping out of the house.
Drivers also should be careful on wet slippery roads. More accidents happen in wet and rainy weather.
Keep ready lots of cough and cold medicine in your medicine cupboard.