Heat Is On: Extreme Heat Wave Taking a Deadly Toll

July 1, 2021


Heatstroke is marked not just by high body temperature, but by skin that is hot, red, dry, or damp, according to the CDC. The pulse is strong and fast. Headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and passing out can occur.

Medical attention is needed right away. Until an ambulance or other emergency help arrives, don't give the person anything to drink, the CDC advises, and help lower the temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath.

"Confusion and altered mental status are typically late features, but it is very concerning," says Sean McGann, MD, an emergency doctor in Philadelphia and a spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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