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How To Avoid Heat Stroke In This 44-Degree Manila Weather

We're already experiencing 44-46°C heat in the country, here's what you can do to stay cool, and avoid the potential harm the heatwave can bring.

To say that we are right smack in the middle of a heatwave is an understatement. While we're all staying at home during the quarantine, we won't be able to beat the heat like we used to: no beach trips or pool parties for the meantime!


Being at home during a heatwave sure isn't a pleasurable thing to experience, especially if turning on your air conditioner for the entire day is just not reasonable. We have to rely on our good old electric fans to keep us cool during the day, and survive the endless sweat sessions ahead. But did you know that there are far more things you can do to keep your body temperature cool? Keep scrolling...


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Heat stroke is defined by the Mayo Clinic as "a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, heatstroke, can occur if your body temperature rises to 104°F (40°C) or higher."


Some of the symptoms of heat stroke are high blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, flushed skin, rapid breathing, racing heart rate, headaches, altered mental state such as confusion, slurring, delirium, seizures, agitation, and irritability. Our senior citizens, young children, and pregnant women may be more at risk for heat stroke, so be wary of the signs when living with these kinds of people. 


To make sure we avoid such unfortunate incidents from happening to us, here are some ways to beat the heat, and avoid heat stroke altogether:


In the unlikely event that someone in your family gets a heat stroke, here are some things you can do to remedy it, if heading to the emergency room is not a viable option:

  • Turn a fan towards the person, and wet his or her body with cold water using a towel or a spray.
  • Apply an ice pack on the neck, back, armpits, and groin. According to WebMD, these parts of the body are rich with blood vessels close to the skin, and cooling them may reduce body temperature.
  • If he or she is able to, let them take a cool shower or get immersed in a tub. 
  • Be sure to consult your family members or your physician in case of emergencies.


Stay cool and stay safe everyone!


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