Health Risks of Heatwave
Some people are more prone than others, such as young children, the elderly, persons who must remain active, as well as those who are more predisposed, such as those who are homeless.
The heatwave in Europe is breaking records, and some governments have issued health emergency alerts.
There are several ways that heat can impact health.
Anyone can experience heat exhaustion, which symptoms include headaches, trembling, dizziness, and thirst. As long as the person cools off within 30 minutes, heat exhaustion is typically not serious.
Heatstroke, which is more serious and occurs when the body’s core temperature exceeds 40.6 deg-Celsius. It can cause long-term organ injury and destruction and is a medical emergency. Confusion, rapid breathing, nausea, and seizures are symptoms.
Persons at Risk:
Some people are more at risk than others, such as young children, the elderly, persons who must remain active, as well as those who are more vulnerable, such as those who are homeless.
Existing ailments, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory illnesses, can also increase risk and are made worse by heat.
A research published in The Lancet last year indicated that just under 500,000 deaths worldwide occur each year as a result of excessive heat, while data from many low-income countries is sparse. However, it is anticipated that this will change.