Enjoy the sun safely

By June Shannon Heart News   |   20th Jul 2021

The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has urged the public to be mindful of health risks such as heat stroke and exhaustion during the current spell of hot weather.

In a statement Dr Holohan said that while people should get outdoors this week and enjoy the beautiful weather, it’s important to do so in as safe a way as possible

Dr Holohan said that heat exhaustion is not usually serious if you can cool down within 30 minutes.

He explained that signs of heat exhaustion include headache, dizziness and confusion, loss of appetite and feeling sick, fast breathing or pulse, high temperature of 38C or above and being very thirsty. If not treated this can lead to heatstroke, which means the body is no longer able to cool itself down and this needs to be treated as an emergency.

If you feel unwell, or you or your children display any of the above symptoms immediately move to a cool place, rest and hydrate. If needed, seek medical attention.

Please continue to follow relevant public health advice to keep you and those around you safe from COVID-19

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, The Department of Health

Look out for others around you, especially individuals who may be more vulnerable to the effects of heat such as older people, young children and babies.

Don’t forget to protect your skin by regularly and liberally apply sunscreen that has a sun protection factor of at least 30+ for adults and 50+ for children, wear light and loose-fitting clothing that covers your skin, wear a hat and sunglasses. Keep yourself cool and hydrated. For more information please see here.

Finally, please continue to follow relevant public health advice to keep you and those around you safe from COVID-19, Dr Holohan said.

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