Main health risks in Poland- a mini travel guide for foreigners by Grzegorz Polański Poland as a safe country Poland is a safe place. We do not have problems with serious diseases like cholera or yellow fever, with water shortage or lack of medicines. Of course, we do not live in a paradise so if you want to avoid some health troubles and enjoy your stay in Poland, be careful… Polish mosquitoes They are one of our curses. They usually attack in the period of time between May and September. They are not very dangerous, but bothersome and annoying. Sometimes they might spread the HIV (Human Immuno- deficiency Virus). What to do to avoid close contact with mosquitoes? The most popular protection is mosquitoe sprays. Many Polish people burn special herbs to discourage the insects, but the most effective way to protect yourself against being bitten is to wear light clothes covering the whole body. Ticks They can be very harmful and dangerous to our health as they are the cause of borelioza and meningitis. They usually attack in forests in May and June. How we should protect ourselves? The most important thing is clothing. You should wear trousers and sweatshirts with long sleeves. You ought to use special chemicals and avoid sitting under bushes or directly on grass. The weather conditions In the mountains the weather is very changeable and you have to be prepared for everything: heat, rain, thunderstorm or even snow storm and avalanche. You cannot do anything. Do not show off and climb only with experienced guides. Take warm clothes, a mobile phone and a torch- just in case. Beware of bears! Yes, bears like this one, live in our forests. Sometimes they want some sweets from people, but they are not very aggressive unless you make sudden movements. Keep calm, give it a piece of cake (even your last one) and... get out of there! Sometimes you can meet a snake. Most of them in Poland are not poisonous, but generally it is better for your health to stay away of them. The beautiful Polish Baltyk At the seaside in summer, sunny days and people’s stupidity could be very dangerous. Sunstrokes and sunburns are very common. It is compulsory to have a suntan cream, a bottle of mineral water, sunglasses and a hat. Without them you can have big problems with your skin, eyes and brain. Public healthcare in Poland Many Polish people know foreign languages, but they are usually young, so sometimes you may have problems with communication. We have a big personnel in hospitals, so you can choose a doctor. In case of an accident, you will get a compensation from your insurer and you do not have to pay for treatment in hospital. You do not have to take medicines, unless you need something special because of your illness. As you see, Poland is a safe country. If you do not try to be reckless, you will come back home in a good shape. For sure.
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