Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide.
The good news is that TB is a treatable and curable disease.
There are also a couple things you can do to protect yourself from getting TB:
- Open the windows, especially if you’re using public transport. Good ventilation can help curb the spread of this airborne disease.
- Be healthy. People with weak immune systems, such as people living with HIV, malnutrition, diabetes or smokers, have a much higher risk of getting TB. A healthy immune system is the best form of defence against TB.
- Get enough sunshine. Your body produces Vitamin Dwhen your bare skin is exposed to sunlight, and, according to some studies, there is evidence that Vitamin D could lower one’s risk of getting TB.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. TB is not the only disease that spreads through airborne droplets. Protect your loved ones by sneezing into a tissue orinto your upper sleeve when you have the sniffles.