LONG ISLAND — Heat-related illness is always a concern when extreme heat is forecast in the tri-state area.
In addition, the hot temperatures and humidity can combine to send heat indices – or the way it feels outside – soaring well above the actual temperature, making it more difficult for the body to cool off.
That could lead to dangerous consequences.
According to the CDC, older adults, the very young and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are most at risk. Each year, about 618 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat.
Your body’s natural reaction is to sweat in order to cool off. But when the heat and humidity rise to high levels, the body becomes overwhelmed shutting down sweat glands. Fatigue and dehydration are signs of heat illness.
Even though COVID-19 cases are at an all time low in New York, some may feel a bit apprehensive about going to the emergency room.
Dr. Ugo Ezenkwele of Mount Sinai Queens Hospitals spoke to PIX11 in 2020 as a stay-at-home order was being lifted in New York due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation left some feeling apprehensive about going to the emergency room.
“If you feel like you could be suffering from extreme heat exhaustion, going to the hospital is the right thing to do.”
Here are a few other ways to stay cool and beat the heat:
- The pool, spray parks and beaches are great places to cool off.
- Wear sunscreen
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Limit strenuous outdoor activities.
- Stay cool Indoors where there’s AC available
- Drink lots of water and avoid caffeine.
- Check on kids, seniors and pets.