Kids, elderly more at risk of heat illness, experts say

CAR TEST: A doctor said children should not be left in vehicles unattended, as the inside temperature can increase in the sun from 39.7°C to 53.3°C in 33 minutes

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 16, 2019
By: Lin Hui-chin and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Elderly people and younger children face a higher risk of heat-related illnesses, Tri-Service General Hospital nephrologist Chu Pau-ling (朱柏齡) said yesterday.

Heatstroke, fainting, exhaustion, edema and other heat-related illnesses have affected more than 50,000 people per year since 2015, National Health Administration records show.

Chu, who heads the hospital’s heatstroke treatment and prevention center, said that people over 65 are susceptible to heat because aging causes the body to lose cooling efficiency.

He once treated an elderly person who fainted after exposure to the sun on a rooftop from about 9am to 10am, Chu said.    [FULL  STORy]

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