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Cooling off during COVID-19

Symptoms of heat-related illness include rapid breathing, dizziness or fainting, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, extreme thirst, decreased urination and unusually dark yellow urine.

During heat events, remember to check-in with family, friends and neighbours, especially seniors who live on their own. It's best to call or video-conference – if that is not possible, practice physical distancing.

Due to COVID-19, some locations that normally provide relief from the heat, such as shopping malls and cooling centres, have reopened. Please check with your local municipality for operating hours.

If you experience any of the mentioned symptoms, cool off as soon as possible by taking a cool bath or shower, move to a shaded area, drink some water and rest. If the symptoms persist, contact your doctor or call 911.

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Arrow BulletHeat Related Illnesses

  • People suffer heat-related illnesses when their body temperature rises rapidly and they are unable to properly cool themselves.
  • Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs.

Know These Heat Disorder Symptoms:

Heat Disorder

Symptoms

First Aid

Sunburn:

Over exposure of the skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays found in sunlight

  • Redness and pain
  • In severe cases, swelling of skin, blisters, fever and headaches
  • Leave water blisters intact to speed healing and avoid infection
  • If breaking occurs, apply dry sterile dressing
  • Serious cases should be seen by a physician

Heat Cramps:

A form of muscle cramps brought on by exertion and insufficient salt

  • Painful muscle spasms, usually in the legs but possible in abdomen
  • Heavy sweating
  • Apply firm pressure on cramping muscles
  • Massage muscle in spasm gently
  • Give sips of water
  • If nausea occurs, discontinue sips of water

Heat Exhaustion:

Excessive water loss

  • Heavy sweating, weakness, skin cold, pale and clammy
  • Pulse thready
  • Fainting and vomiting
  • Core temperature usually 38.8 Celsius or higher, but normal temperature possible
  • Get person out of sun
  • Move person to a cooler environment
  • Lay person down and loosen clothing
  • Apply cool wet cloths
  • Give sips of water
  • If nausea occurs, discontinue sips of water
  • If vomiting continues, seek immediate medical attention

Heat Stroke or Sunstroke:

Failure of body’s heat controlling mechanisms

 

This is an EMERGENCY!

  • High body temperature (41 degrees Celsius or higher)
  • Hot, dry skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness
  • If conscious, mental status could range from:  incoherent speech, disoriented, confused, can be aggressive
  • Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency
  • Get medical assistance or get the victim to a hospital immediately
  • Delay can be fatal
  • If unable to get victim to professional help immediately, do the following:
  1. Get person out of sun
  2. Move the person to a cooler environment/air conditioned room
  3. Remove outer clothing
  4. Reduce body temperature with lukewarm bath or sponging
  5. Do not give fluids
Source: National Weather Service Internet Weather Source, Current Weather - "Know These Heat Disorder Symptoms"
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