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6 Must-Read Tips to Protect Yourselves from Zika Virus

6 Must-Read Tips to Protect Yourselves from Zika Virus

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    Are you suffering from a fever after many days? Are you also facing skin rashes, pain in the joints and muscles and headaches along with the fever? If yes, then there may be a chance that you are suffering from the Zika virus. Caused by the daytime active mosquitoes – Aedes – this virus was originally found in monkeys. Infected Aedes mosquitoes (those mosquitoes that bite the animals having Zika virus) are the primary carriers of this virus to the humans.

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    Zika virus is mainly caused by the mosquito bite, but this disease can also be transferred by sexual intercourse and blood transfusion. Symptoms of this illness are very mild and prevalent ones, like fever, red eyes, rashes and joint pain, which can last for two to seven days.

    People who are infected by the Zika virus are more prone to the syndrome called Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), according to some studies which connect the two. This disease weakens the immune system, and it becomes one’s enemy. A person’s immune system can damage their own nerve cells which results in the weakness of muscles and, in the worst case scenario, it can cause paralysis. Apart from this, this virus can harm the upcoming generation too. If a pregnant lady is suffering from this disease, then there is a high risk of severe congenital disabilities in the offspring and it can be transferred from the mother to the child.

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    So in all, this virus can affect you and your upcoming generations if not cured on time. Even now, no effective solution for the treatment of this disease has been discovered. Scientists are still working on the medicines and vaccines for killing the Zika virus. So in this situation, it would be best to take some steps to protect yourself from Zika virus, rather than regret later. Below are six important steps that can protect you from Zika virus.

    1. Avoid mosquitoes with your clothes

    The first and the most common door for the Zika virus to enter in your body is the mosquito bite. An effective way to keep mosquitoes away from you are your clothing patterns. To avoid mosquitoes and their bites, try to wear full and light colored clothes. Mosquitoes are more attracted towards dark colors as they are clearly visible. So fully covered clothes can absorb the heat and light colored clothes can help you to avoid mosquitoes.

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    2. Use insect repellent

    Another way to keep these little creatures away from you is to use insect repellent products. Neem extracts are found to be useful to stave away these insects and nowadays the market is full of different varieties to choose from. Use any one of them according to your skin type. Apply them after body lotion or sunscreen to the exposed parts of the body and do consult a doctor before using them on a newborn child.

    3. Keep the environment clean

    Another effective way, and probably the most convenient way, to keep this deadly disease away from you is keeping your surroundings clean. If the environment around you is dry and clean, then there are fewer chances of breeding of mosquitoes. Insects are highly attracted to dirtier places, and especially as disease-carrying mosquitoes reproduce in piled up water. Keep the place around you neat and clean and try to remove all the potential mosquito breeding grounds. Standing water in used tires, pots, gutters, etc. are some of the most common mosquito breeding sites.

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    4. Avoid Zika affected areas

    The next important thing to avoid Zika virus is not traveling to the Zika virus-affected areas. Avoid the places affected by Zika virus as much as possible. If still, you are traveling to those locations, then take the other mentioned necessary precautions. It could prevent you from getting infected. Also, avoid going to places full of mosquitoes. Aedes mosquitoes are highly active in the morning and the afternoons, so it will be better to stay at home at these peak times.

    5. Practise safe sex

    Use safety measures before sex to avoid Zika virus. Zika virus can also be transferred from sexual intercourse, so stick to suitable contraceptive methods to have safe sex. Use condoms and avoid sharing sex toys. Pregnant women should take more precautions in such conditions. They should avoid going to Zika affected area as much as possible and if urgent, should consult their doctor once.

    6. Use mosquito nets

    Last, but not the least, use mosquito nets to prevent mosquito bites. Pre-treated mosquito nets will be more effective at keeping the insects at bay.

    As already mentioned, there is no vaccine or medicine developed yet to kill the Zika virus. So, it will be safe to take these preventive measures beforehand rather than regret it later.

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    Last Updated on June 20, 2019

    Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

    Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

    There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

    More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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    Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

    You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

    During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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    Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

    Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

    The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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    This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

    Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

    The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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    This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

    This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

    Conclusion

    While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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