Tips to evade heat illness during the pandemic

Trying to stay cool in the center of a pandemic issue with extra challenges as many areas people normally go to cool off are not possible or are limited.

For example, while few pools in the Hudson Valley are now open, there are restrictions on the number of individuals who can use them at a time, and different gatherings are set up to provide for sanitizing. Lots of folks hit the local banks over the weekend, trying to knock the heat, but those places are also limited.

Fortunately, malls in our region are now open, the JV mall in Yorktown Heights opens today.

Unluckily, movie theaters are yet closed and while some libraries are open, visitants are not able to visit for hours at a time due to limited space.

Medical specialists say it’s essential to be smart and don’t let yourself get overheated when we’re bargaining with this type of heat and moisture “Make assured you stay hydrated…drink much of water, try to get in the shade as much as possible,” says AJ Briones, of Empress Emergency Medical.

The brutal temperatures take the risk of heat exhaustion which can start to life-threatening heatstroke if it’s left untreated.

Medical specialists say there are some caution signs you should be on the lookout for, which include:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

Steps to evade heat exhaustion and heat stroke include:

  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing
  • Wear sunscreen to protect against sunburn
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Limit your activities during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Take off masks if you have trouble breathing

If you consider you have heat exhaustion, experts say get medical help instantly. Officials are also warning homeowners not to forget their pets since the heat can be critical for them as well. They suggest keeping them inside, producing sure they have access to water, moistening them down, and not leaving them untended in cars.

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