It’s going to be a hot weekend

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Posted on: 7 August 2020

The Met Office is forecasting a heatwave over the next few days (from Friday 7 August), so we can expect it to get very hot.

In normal times, we’d be advising caution about heatwave temperatures, but during coronavirus, the hot weather is potentially even more dangerous especially to those who are already vulnerable to the virus.

Here’s the science.   Exposure to high indoor and outdoor temperatures can result in a range of mild to severe conditions.  The main causes of illness and death associated with hot weather are respiratory and cardiovascular.  Hot weather means our bodies work harder to maintain an inner core temperature, putting extra strain on the heart and lungs.

That extra strain, coupled with fluid and salt loss through sweating, can lead to specific heat-related health effects and illness.

Everyone’s susceptible to that, but people who are more at risk during a heatwave are the same people who are at more risk of serious illness should they contract coronavirus – older people, and those with chronic and severe illness including heart or lung conditions and diabetes, for example.

So, while it’s hot, please keep an eye on vulnerable friends and relatives.  If you visit someone, keep your distance and make sure you wash your hands when you arrive and when you leave.

If you’re feeling unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, don’t visit anyone you’re caring for, but make alternative plans for their care.

Keep hydrated.  Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.

Public Health England explain all of this, with more tips about staying cool inside when it baking-hot outside.

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