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Tips for staying healthy as the disaster cleanup process continues



Little Rock, Arkansas – While assisting in the cleanup of the tornado damage from March 31st, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences provided advice on how to avoid health hazards.

There are several ways to protect your body before, during, and after being out and about. Being a part of the recovery of the devastated Arkansas cities is very vital.

One of the best methods to protect yourself, according to Dr. Robert Hopkins, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at UAMS and Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. This is done to stop the transmission of viral illnesses like the flu or COVID as well as to stop illnesses like tetanus when working with debris.

“People spread things all the time. And when I think about the disaster situation. When I think about a lot of debris… A lot of dust.. Though that doesn’t pose a big contagion risk respiratory.. It can cause irritation in the nose, the throat and if you get enough in your lungs it can cause problems,” Hopkins said.

It’s important to remember to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen or other skin protection, and wear long sleeves to prevent further cuts and abrasions.

Always wear the proper footwear, don’t push yourself too hard, and pay attention to your body when it needs rest.

Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the best methods, according to UAMS, to organically strengthen your immune system.

“Try to take care of yourself… Get plenty of sleep. Eat as well as you can… Get plenty of exercises and I think it always helps us to feel good when we are helping others,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins advises always keeping in mind the fundamentals, including washing your hands and staying in if you’re unwell.
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