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With the weather for the next few days predicted to be especially hot, the
Health Ministry urged the public on Sunday to take measures to protect their
health and that of their family. Exposure to the sun and heat should be
minimized, and physical exertion outside, including hikes, should be avoided at
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Babies and young children and the elderly are at
highest risk from overheating; old people especially should drink eight to 10
glasses of water on hot days so as not to dehydrate, the ministry
People of all ages should drink – preferably cool water – according
to the amount of exertion. Follow news reports to be informed about the latest
forecasts. Drinking soft drinks is not desirable; neither are carbonated drinks
and beverages with alcohol or caffeine, the ministry advised.
children alone in a vehicle for even a moment, as it turns into a furnace in the
heat and is deadly.
The ministry reported that in recent years, there
have been a number of cases of young adults suffering from heatstroke when
carrying out aerobic exercise such as bike riding and running on hot
Such a situation can even be deadly. Always take water with you
Indoors, the ideal temperature is 24º Celsius. If you have
no air conditioning and the building is very hot, try to go to an air
conditioned location such as a shopping mall for at least two hours a
If you notice that someone is suffering from sudden confusion,
reduced alertness or functioning or other symptoms such as serious weakness,
dizziness, nausea or fever, take them for urgent medical care.