Keeping safe in the hot weather
For most the chance to enjoy some summer sunshine will come as a welcome relief.
But we know some people may find themselves indoors because of the pandemic.
And just because people are not out in the sun, it does not mean they won’t feel the effects of the soaring temperatures.
It’s important to check that older friends, family and neighbours are coping during the hot weather, but you’ll need to do things differently this summer.
Keep in touch over the phone and follow the Public Health England’s guidance on how to safely care for others to help us #BeattheHeat.
So please, keep an eye out for anyone who may be indoors over the next few because they are:
• Limiting contact with others due to a high risk of a severe illness.
• Self-isolating because they or someone in their household has a coronavirus infection or have been in contact with someone.
• Recovering at home following severe illness.
People most at risk are:
• Older age: especially those over 75 years old, or who are socially isolated.
• Chronically ill: including those with heart or lung conditions, diabetes, renal insufficiency, Parkinson’s disease, or severe mental illness.
• On certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control (for example, diuretics, antihistamines, beta-blockers and antipsychotics).
• Unable to adapt behaviour to keep cool: for example, the very young, those with a disability or bed bound, or have dementia.
• Those living or working in places with high temperatures: living in a top floor flat, being homeless, activities or jobs that are in hot places or outdoors and include high levels of physical exertion.
Advice for keeping healthy:
• Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
• Open windows when the air feels cooler outside; cover windows exposed to direct sunlight.
• Slow down when it is hot.
• Cool your skin with water using a wet sponge or flannel.
• Stay connected and listen to the weather forecast.
• Dress appropriately for the weather.
• Follow the government’s advice about how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
You can find more information about how to #BeattheHeat by checking Public Health England’s website.
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