How to travel safe and ensure safe, clean drinking water when overseas.
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Ways to avoid traveler's diarrhea, giardia, and much more serious illness like typhoid, cholera, dysentery, etc. A long list of the most common parasites can be found at:
The parasite responsible for Schistosomiasis is able to penetrate intact skin (without lacerations) – primarily contacted by swimming in lakes and rivers that are contaminated. (More at https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/schistosomiasis/gen_info/faqs.html)
Water filters/water purifiers that filter for viruses (This is critical since most water filters are for campers and backpackers!) are: Sawyer S3 (personal usage) and Sawyer ZeroTWO purifier (for larger amounts of water-for a family or community) MSR Guardian, Grayl, Lifestraw Mission or Lifestraw Family. We like BusinessConnectWorld and their model of empowering local distributors and local solutions (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRvr8aaXG6s). More at https://businessconnectworld.com/.
Sawyer's ZeroTWO: Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX4htfAUIlg
Sawyer S3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LJ9gBFyEuA
MSR Guardian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkqdwABDMss
Lifestraw Family: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84rUA-GN5ro
Lifestraw Mission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYeb3V0affs
The three types of germs you need to protect against:
Protozoa and cysts (Cryptosporidium parvum, Giardia lamblia). Single-cell parasites; tiny (between 1 and 20 microns. A micron is 1-millionth of a meter, or 0.00004 inch.) larger and easiest to filter out, but tougher to kill with chemicals.
Bacteria (Escherichia coli, or E. coli, Salmonella, Vibrio cholerae, Yersinia entercolitica, Leptospira interrogans and many others). Very tiny (0.1 to 10 microns).
Viruses (hepatitis A, rotavirus, enterovirus, norovirus). Exceptionally tiny (0.005 to 0.1 micron). Many commercial filters designed for campers/hikers will not filter for viruses. Avoid Brita and PUR!
What if you get diarrhea anyway? Consider adding activated charcoal to your travel bags / travel medical kit. Watch the video at https://youtu.be/fop_297FIwc
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The types of illnesses you may be exposed to overseas fit into four categories:
1.) Airborne germs - Due to coughing, sneezing, surfaces, etc.
2.) From mosquitoes, ticks, pests - bites, stings, eggs, etc.
3.) Waterborn germs - Through drinking/ingesting, swimming, showering
4.) Other - From bodily fluids, eating uncooked meat, animal-to-human, etc. is at: https://youtu.be/H1pA-bJW3Us
The CDC has an excellent site on water/clean water at: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/index.html
The EPA also has information at:
The World Health Organization at: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/water-quality/en/
As well as:
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