How to not get zika in Miami

Zika is real, people. This is happening. We are at def con level 6 red alert crisis mode over here in the Magic City. There is some spraying going on. There is some finger pointing going on.  

Here are the facts about Zika from reporters who get paid to find facts. 

For those of you whose interest in Zika only extends to how to not get it, here are the things you need to do to avoid the mosquito-born illness (and its potentially life-shattering birth defects that could affect your unborn child). 

1. Avoid mosquitoes. Duh. 

Take it from the CDC: “The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites.” Miami Beach between Eighth and 28th Streets is the latest venue to be tagged a transmission zone so preggos stay away (the CDC says so). Seriously. 

2. No more hippy bug spray. Get the real deal. 

Citronella is not going to cut it, folks. Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding can use insect repellent with one of the following active ingredients: DEET and Picaridin, found in such products as Off!, Cutter and Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus. These are EPA-registered insect repellents. Most insect repellent can be used on children. Follow instructions. Do not apply repellent to babies under 2 months old.

3. Cover up!

Yeah it’s hot as sin in Miami in August but try wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs. Use mosquito netting to cover cribs, strollers and baby carriers. 

4. Fix those screens

Keep the bugs from invading your house and feasting upon your flesh as you sleep by using screens on windows and doors.

5. Get rid of standing water

That’s gross anyway. Why do you have standing water around? 

6. #SafeSex

If you think you’ve recently been exposed, practice safe sex.