HEALTH FIRST: COVID-19 or Not, Don’t Forget to Safeguard Against Scorching Summer Weather

By  //  August 29, 2020

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Delicious Digg This Stumble This

One way to take charge is knowing the symptoms of heat-related illnesses

COVID-19 has been at the forefront of our minds the past few months and has interrupted our everyday lives. And rightfully so, as the pandemic likely has touched or impacted someone we know or love. (Health First image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – COVID-19 has been at the forefront of our minds the past few months and has interrupted our everyday lives. And rightfully so, as the pandemic likely has touched or impacted someone we know or love.

Being caught up in everyday tasks, it’s easy to lose sight of other important health-related issues.

Now is when heat-related illnesses should also be top of mind. We’re all too familiar with Florida’s summer heat bringing scorching temperatures every year, and this year is no different, especially during COVID-19. Heat and humidity aren’t only unbearable and uncomfortable but dangerous if we’re not careful.

And being proactive is a must. Heatstroke, rashes, cramps, and exhaustion are just a handful of some serious, common heat-related illnesses.

“As our lives have and are continuing to change because of COVID-19, it’s still important that we take charge of our health and maintain a level of safety when exposed to the summer heat,” said Dr. Timothy Laird, Associate Chief Medical Officer with Health First Medical Group.

One way to take charge is knowing the symptoms of heat-related illnesses. Knowing what to look for and what to do is important, so be on the lookout for the following vital indicators, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“As our lives have and are continuing to change because of COVID-19, it’s still important that we take charge of our health and maintain a level of safety when exposed to the summer heat,” said Dr. Timothy Laird, Associate Chief Medical Officer with Health First Medical Group. (Helath First image

Heat Stroke

What to look for:
▪ High body temperature (103 degrees or higher)
▪ Hot, red, dry or damp skin
▪ Dizziness, nausea or headache

What to do :
▪ Call 911 right away – heat stroke is a medical emergency
▪ Move the person to a cooler place

Heat exhaustion

What to look for:
▪ Heavy sweating
▪ Cold, pale, clammy skin
▪ Nausea, vomiting or muscle cramps
▪ Fainting (passing out)
▪ Fast, weak pulse

What to do:
▪ Move to a cool, private place (but have someone there to help you, should you need it)
▪ Loosen your clothes
▪ Put cool, wet cloths on your body or take a cool bath
▪ Sip water
▪ Get medical help right away if you are throwing up, symptoms get worse or last longer than one hour

Concerned You Have COVID-19? Health First Explains How to Feel Better and Protect OthersRelated Story:
Concerned You Have COVID-19? Health First Explains How to Feel Better and Protect Others

Heat Rash

What to look for:
▪ Red clusters of small blisters that look like pimples on the skin, typically on the neck, chest, groin or in elbow creases

What to do:
▪ Stay in a cool, dry place
▪ Keep the rash dry
▪ Use baby powder to soothe the rash

“Like most outdoor activities, sun moderation is recommended to help avoid some of these heat-related illnesses, as well as protecting your skin and overall health,” Dr. Laird said.

We know some of you are tired of staying inside because of COVID-19 and are itching to go outside and have fun. But be safe and smart in doing so.

Remember to look out for heat-related illnesses, practice sun safety, drink plenty of fluids while outside and find cool places as a break from the heat.

However, if the heat begins to take a toll on your body, please seek medical attention. Health First hospitals are here to serve you at any of our four hospital locations.

Hospital information and directions can be found on our website at HF.org and clicking on the locations and directions tab at the top.

Concerned You Have COVID-19? Health First Explains How to Feel Better and Protect OthersRelated Story:
Concerned You Have COVID-19? Health First Explains How to Feel Better and Protect Others

CLICK HERE FOR BREVARD COUNTY NEWS

Leave a Comment