Business travellers are among those who are at a greater risk for developing respiratory diseases, as they frequently travel for work, including training, meetings, seminars, or business expansion. There are several factors that increase the risk of acquiring or contracting respiratory illnesses when it comes to destinations, food, accommodation, and daily activities. The four primary factors influencing the risk of respiratory illness among business travellers are as follows:
1. Environmental Changes
Changes in the environment overseas, such as weather, humidity, temperature, and allergies put travellers at a higher risk of illness. This is especially problematic for those diagnosed with chronic respiratory and pulmonary disorders such as allergies and asthma.
2. Viral Mutations
Viral infections spread through respiratory droplets, including during an endemic or a pandemic outbreak. In particular, the current COVID-19 disease is highly contagious and mutates rapidly, including in areas of some countries where tuberculosis is prevalent.
3. Air Quality Changes
Areas close to urban industrial sites experience heavy dust and pollution issues. PM2.5 dust, in particular, causes heavy metals to accumulate in the body of those who spend extended periods of time outside, causing them to inhale dust, which contains toxic compounds such as lead and cadmium. These substances are harmful as they cause airway inflammation and increase the risk of cancer.
4. Oxygen Level Changes
Air travel is another risk factor due to the oxygen level in the aircraft when travelling at high altitudes with low air pressure. As a result, the oxygen level is lower than usual, and affected individuals may display symptoms such as respiratory discomfort, headaches, or migraines
Due to these advanced risk factors, business travellers are ideally suited for ensuring their bodies FIT-TO-TRAVEL. Prior to travelling for business, start by planning and gathering information about the country or region you intend to visit. It is recommended to additionally inquire about endemic diseases or look for information on the World Health Organisation’s website.
Next, prepare any essential medications and antihistamines, and have a mask on hand for usage in public and overcrowded environments. Before you leave, be sure to undertake an annual checkup to determine the risk of infection with COVID-19 in each region you visit.
At RAKxa, we have specialist doctors and treatments to assist business travellers, or those who travel frequently, to prepare for a smooth journey. Whether it is lung rejuvenation through Ozone Therapy and Hyperbaric Chambers delivering oxygen, or Liver Detoxification therapy detecting heavy metal pollutants in your body, RAKxa treats those with chronic respiratory struggles, and those who want to boost immunity.