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Summer heat can be more than uncomfortable—it can be a threat to your health, especially for older adults and children. Whatever your age, don’t let the summer heat get the best of you.

There are two types of heat illness to keep an eye out for this summer:

Heat exhaustion—Heat exhaustion occurs when a person cannot sweat enough to cool the body, usually the result of not drinking enough fluids during hot weather. A person suffering from heat exhaustion must move to a cool place and drink plenty of water.
Heatstroke—Heatstroke is the result of untreated heat exhaustion and is a serious medical emergency that must be treated quickly by a professional.

To prevent heat illness this summer, make sure to drink plenty of water, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing and eat light, refreshing foods. In addition, try to stay inside as much as possible, doing chores early or late in the day. By keeping these tips in mind, you’re on your way to beating the heat.

Know the Signs of Heat Illness

Heat Exhaustion
1. Dizziness or weakness
2. Nausea or vomiting
3. Blurry vision
4. Body temperature rising to 101 F

Heat Stroke
1. Unawareness of heat or thirst
2. Confusion or delirium
3. Loss of consciousness
4. Body temperature rising above 101 F

Socially Distance Yourself This Summer
You’ve probably heard the term “social distancing” a lot in the past few months. Keeping your distance from others has been crucial to slowing the spread of COVID-19. It will also be a key component in staying healthy as things continue to reopen.

To properly practice social distancing this summer, keep the following tips in mind:
• Stay at least 6 feet—which is about two arms’ lengths—away from others.
• Avoid gathering in groups, mass gatherings or large crowds whenever possible.
• Wear a protective face mask or covering when out in public.
Keeping these tips in mind can help you remain healthy and safe this summer. For more information on social distancing, click here.

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