You may not have thought of it, but you’re more likely to get sick from a heatwave than a cold, according to a study.
The study of over 20,000 people, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that hot and cold weather combined to kill more than 100,000 Australians in 2015.
What causes the heat?
Researchers from the University of New South Wales found that while hot weather may cause more damage than cold weather, it’s the combination of heat and humidity that kills more people.
They also found that people are more likely than their peers to get the flu when they’re ill with the flu.
What to do if you’re ill: stay home If you’re in a hot and humid area, stay at home.
A study from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that even in the hottest areas, people were more likely when they were ill to get into a car or a public transport vehicle, and that when people are ill, they are more susceptible to the spread of the flu, particularly if they’re already ill.
Hot weather can also lead to respiratory illness, including pneumonia, so it’s important to be alert.
Keep a temperature record and ensure you keep it at or above 105 degrees.
If you don’t have access to a ventilator, it may be wise to use a mask and hand sanitiser.
If there’s no available air-conditioning, a cooling device may be more effective.
Heat can also cause dehydration, which can lead to blood loss and muscle cramps.
If the symptoms persist, call your GP or hospital.
A heatwave is a high temperature, which means the air is hotter than normal.
This is when the body’s internal temperature rises, and the body produces more heat.
The result is that the body loses heat faster than it can replace it.
This can cause the body to become dehydrated, which could lead to heat exhaustion.
What you can do to avoid heat: stay warm indoors If you can, try to stay cool indoors, such as in a low-oxygen room.
Avoid using the bathroom and other indoor spaces.
Use a fan to keep the air flowing.
The fan will help to cool you down.
If your room is too cold, try using an air-cooler or heat lamp to cool it down.
What else can you do to help prevent heat exhaustion: keep an eye on your heart rate.
If it’s too high, reduce your activity levels, such a walking pace, or if you feel unwell, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Don’t use a fan in a kitchen, unless you’re able to do so.
If this is not possible, try putting your feet up against the window and letting them blow air in through the window.
You can also use a heating pad to warm up your feet.
This will help reduce the temperature in the room and help your body cool down.