The Philippines is often at the mercy of extreme weather. Filipinos face at least 20 typhoons a year and during summer, we endure blistering temperatures. Now that summer is here, the heat index is soaring again.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the highest heat index recorded so far in 2022 is 53 degrees Celsius (127.4 degrees Fahrenheit). This sweltering temperature was recorded on the 17th of March in Dagupan, Pangasinan. The weather bureau cautions the public to be ready for even hotter days as the Philippines’ hottest temperatures usually manifest in May. As the heat continues to climb, the Department of Health (DOH) warns the people against the dangers of heat stroke, the most severe kind of illness associated with very hot temperatures.
Heat stroke happens when the body reaches a point where it can no longer control its temperature. This occurs when the temperature escalates rapidly and the body fails to get rid of the excessive heat by sweating. When heat stroke strikes, the body temperature can rise to 40°C or higher within 10 to 15 minutes.
Heat stroke can lead to several complications, depending on how long the person’s body temperature is high.
Heat stroke is considered a medical emergency. Bring the patient immediately to the hospital after establishing emergency measures. When you have a quality healthcare plan, you can be assured that you and your family get the best medical care services.
Emergency measures according to the DOH:
Here are some ways to prevent heat stroke during hot weather, especially during summer or dry season:
As you brace for hotter weather this summer, remember the warning signs and symptoms of heat stroke and the precautionary measures to avoid it. Stay safe and enjoy the summer!