Hypothermia occurs when the core body temperature is less than 95 degrees. This podcast discusses strategies to prevent hypothermia due to frigid winters temperatures. Created: 2/26/2015 by MMWR.
Date Released: 2/26/2015. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Stay Warm in Winter
Hypothermia-Related Deaths — Wisconsin, 2014, and United States,2003-2013
Recorded: February 24, 2015; posted: February 26, 2015
[Announcer] This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When frigid winter temperatures hit the U.S., the risk for unhealthy exposure to cold increases substantially. Hypothermia occurs when the core body temperature is less than 95 degrees. Initial symptoms include shivering and cool hands and feet. It can progress to confusion, loss of coordination, and even death. Older people and the homeless are at highest risk. Substance and alcohol abuse can hinder the body’s ability to fight off the cold. To help prevent hypothermia and save lives, avoid alcohol, dress appropriately, and stay indoors.
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