Beat the heat: How to prevent heat exhaustion, heat stroke
Aileen Cerrudo • May 5, 2020 • 582
Metro Manila recorded the highest air temperature so far on Monday (May 4).
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) recorded a soaring 36.5 degrees Celsius or an equivalent to a heat index of 41.0 degrees Celsius
With the intense heat and the ongoing enhanced community quarantine, anyone can suffer from heat exhaustion.
Heat exhaustion is a condition marked by weakness, nausea, dizziness, and profuse sweating that results from physical exertion in a hot environment.
Emergency Doctor Dr. Rich Santos said heat exhaustion can result in heat stroke. Heat stroke happens when an individual’s temperature reaches 41 degrees Celsius.
“Pwede ring magkaroon ng manifestation na nagkakaroon ka ng totoong stroke gaya ng paghina ng katawan. Kapag tumagal ka sa ganoong kundisyon pwede itong maging sanhi ng pagkamatay, (You can also have manifestations of a real stroke like fatigue. If the condition lasts if might become a cause of death)” he said.
Santos also said that recovering from a heat stroke can take weeks to months.
Symptoms of heat stroke:
Warm, flushed skin
Very high fever of 41°C
Here are several lifesaving tips when someone is having heat exhaustion or heat stroke:
Move the person to a shady spot or indoors
Have him/her lie down with legs elevated
If able to drink liquids, have him/her sip cool water
Remove clothing, apply cool water to the skin, & fan the person
Apply ice packs to the armpits, wrists, ankles & groin
The Department of Health (DOH) said to always keep hydrated to prevent heat exhaustion and schedule heavy-duty activities for the beginning or end of the day, when it’s cooler. AAC
Police frontliners will undergo physical and mental check up beginning July 1, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said their troops that are manning checkpoints and other areas are also at risk for stress and anxiety, particularly when most of them have not been home for months.
Banac said a group of psychologists will monitor the physical and mental health of police officers.
“Kasabay niyan ang laboratory, X-Ray at ang ECG… so titingnan ang physical well-being mg mga pulis ( It includes laboratory, X-Ray, and ECG…so we will monitor the well-being of the police),” he said.
Banac also said they will prioritize police officers age 40 years old and above and those who will undergo the health check up should wear their complete uniform.
“Alam natin na kapag 40 years old and above mas marami nang dinaramdam physically at madali na silang maka-experience ng stress at fatigue (We know that 40-year-olds and above are more susceptible to experiencing physical fatigue. They experience stress more easily),” he added.
Police officers with the birth month of January will be scheduled for the physical and neuro-exam from July 1 to 3. Meanwhile those born in February and March will be scheduled from July 6 to 8 and July 9 to 13, respectively. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
The Department of Health (DOH) urges the public to exercise at home amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
With the extension of the ECQ in high-risk areas, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they are still not going to recommend opening fitness gyms.
She said fitness centers are among the establishments that will remain temporarily closed to prevent the further spread of the virus.
“Sa tuwing iminumungkahi namin na mag-exercise para palakasin ang ating resistensiya, ang ibig naming sabihin dito ay ehersisyo sa loob ng ating bahay hangga’t makakaya, (Every time we suggest exercising to improve your immunity, we mean to exercise inside your homes as much as possible),” she said.
Meanwhile, there are barangays that conduct zumba classes while adhering to social distancing protocols. AAC
A number of countries kicked off last week with a national lockdown, ordering citizens to stay at home to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVD-19).
While under quarantine, residents also have to maintain a healthy lifestyle — physically and mentally.
Italy has recorded over 59,000 COVID-19 cases with more than 5,00 deaths. The Italian government continues to address the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in the country while reminding its citizens to practice social distancing and to remain in their homes.
On lockdown since March 9, Italians, have been turning to their love for music to help them cope with the situation. Videos showed residents singing from their balconies.
In Bamberg, Germany, residents sing ‘Bella Ciao’ on their balconies in solidarity with Italy during the COVID-19 quarantine.
Athletes in Mexico still found ways to play their favorite sport. From a post of badminton player Lino Muñoz, he said they will not stop playing even during quarantine.
“Fourth day without stepping in a court, but we don’t stop” his post reads in Spanish.
In the Philippines, these musicians dedicated a song for their fellow Filipinos during the enhanced community quarantine. With their instruments, they recorded their version of Heal Our Land in their homes and compiled it into a video.
“Nabuo ang isang video na ito bilang handog para sa mga Filipino lalo na sa mga Bulakenyo bilang panawagan sa pagkakaisa at pagkakapit-bisig upang labanan ang NCOV19, (This video was formed for the Filipinos especially the Bulakenyos as a call for unity and cooperation to fight [COVID-19]” the post reads. — AAC
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