During the summer months, the importance of sunscreen is stressed by everyone from bloggers to morning talk shows and with good reason. Three million people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year and nearly all skin cancers are caused by UV exposure. The safest and easiest way to avoid being one of the three million Americans who develop skin cancer is by wearing a high SPF sunscreen.
This info is nothing new; the importance of wearing skin protectant has been stressed for decades. But there is another danger lurking during the summer that people need to be careful of: mosquitos. Everyone remembers the Vika outbreak a few years back, but mosquitos can transmit numerous diseases to humans.
According to the CDC, mosquitos transmit:
- Chikungunya Virus
- Dengue Virus
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis
- Japanese Encephalitis Virus
- LaCrosse Encephalitis
- St. Louis Encephalitis
- Yellow Fever
- West Nile Virus
- Zika Virus
The scary part is even after 13 years of research, scientists aren’t sure if they are more diseases out there that are spread by mosquitos.
Bug spray is the No. 1 way to detract getting bitten by a mosquito and DEET is the chemical in the repellent that has the highest success rate deterring them. You may have seen bloggers and vloggers warn against the dangers of DEET but according to Consumer Reports, DEET products are perfectly safe when used as directed. In fact, CR notes that the majority of cases involving DEET poisoning have been attributed to misuse of the chemical. Basically, read the directions on the bottle and don’t do something dumb like ingest it or spray it into your eyes. A demonstration was recorded as to the effectiveness of using bug spray and while it’s pretty gross to watch, it’s also pretty important.