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Overwhelming heat is defined as a temperature of 30 degrees or more and a humidex index that reaches or exceeds 40. When it’s extremely hot, your health can deteriorate rapidly.
In addition to the symptoms associated with heat stress (cramps, fainting, etc.), intense heat can cause dehydration, hyperthermia, and heat stroke. In addition, heat can aggravate the condition of someone suffering from a health problem, especially if the problem is related to the cardiovascular, respiratory or renal systems.
Older people are particularly at risk of experiencing complications.
There are a few precautions you can take to lower the risks, especially if your home has no air conditioning:
Heatwave and COVID-19
During a heatwave, public health authorities usually recommend that people cool down in an air-conditioned area. In the context of a pandemic, access to certain places (shopping centres, libraries, etc.) remains restricted. Many seniors are also reluctant to go out to cool down for fear of contracting COVID-19.
9. If you go to a public place, it is important to follow the Québec government’s health guidelines.
10. Watch for symptoms of heat-related ailments such as:
Do not hesitate to call Info-Santé at 811 or to consult a health professional.
Heatstroke is a medical emergency!