By: Elena Grace Flores
The Philippines is a very humid country especially during the summer. Lately, environmental temperature ranges from 30 degrees centigrade to 42 degrees but the heat index or the heat felt by the body can rise up to 47 degrees centigrade or so!. This is why, we learned of some people just collapsed fatally under the sun. Actually, heat stroke can happen when the heat index reaches at least 40 degrees centigrade. Read this warning from the government:
Dr. Elvie Villalobos, DOH-6 Infectious Disease Cluster Head, said that heat stroke is the most severe form of heat illness when the body overheats and cannot cool down.
“The body cannot take off the excessive heat by sweating because of dehydration or the humid environment,” he said. http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=2421399362876
Do not under estimate the advice to drink a lot of water. It’s not just the normal eight glasses of water a day habit but a lot more water is needed by the body – because they can be easily evaporated due to the intense heat. Do not prolong or even avoid direct sun exposure at this time. Cool your body down by showering often or apply a damp towel on your skin for a cooler feel! If symptoms of heat stroke is observed, apply the first aid discussed in the article before immediate hospital send off.