Georgia Department of Public Health and local medical officials warn of heat related illness

With the recent rise in temperatures, local medical officials and Georgia’s public health department are promoting caution when making plans for outdoor activities.

Local health care providers are making a point to remind everyone of the warning signs and dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Dr. Jensen Hyde is a she said if you see someone collapse from overheating to call 9-1-1 but also to start immediate treatment.

“So, if you had somebody pass out in front of you, absolutely call 9-1-1, but don’t delay treatments until you can move them. A lot of times, that’s sort of people’s tendency, is to say ‘Oh, wait till someone gets here, or wait till they get to the hospital,” Hyde said. “But, in this case the longer someone spends at excess temperature, the more damage is being done. So, rapid cooling where ever you are and by whatever means you have accessible to you is advisable.”

The Georgia Department of Health issued a state wide heat advisory, asking residents to limit their outdoor activities for the remainder of the week. Dr. Hyde said if it’s not possible to stay out of the heat, then foresight and planning are key.

“But, a really big thing I think that we need to focus on is prevention. We’re aware we have weather apps on our phones. We can really very quickly look up what the heat index is an plan your activities accordingly. So, whether that’s avoiding the activity entirely or, you know thinking about it a few days in advance. You know, a little bit of forethought can actually go along way in preventing these, potentially very serious heat related illnesses,” said Hyde.

Having a prolonged core temperature can cause brain damage or even death. Dr. Hyde says yes, it’s important to stay hydrated. But, just because your hydrated does not mean you are not susceptible to overheating.


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