Zika fears hit Asia: Singapore instructs workers to apply bug repellent hourly, take vitamin C
All workers are getting their temperature taken twice a day, the newspaper added, and they have to apply mosquito repellent each hour and wear two types of patches with repellent. They are also given vitamin C each day. It’s unclear how this will help combat Zika, but the belief that the supplements can help with a related illness — dengue fever — is common in Singapore, just as the idea that supplements can help with the common cold is in the United States. Medical studies haven’t been able to confirm a link for either. However, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. As long as you’re not consuming megadoses (which can be harmful), nutrition science says the supplement can help round out a diet lacking in citrus and other foods rich in the nutrient, ensuring that you’re getting enough to support normal growth and development.