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Tips for surviving the current heatwave in Pakistan

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I am breaking my silence of more than a year by the sad news that, Pakistan's current heatwave has claimed around 800 lives. The government is being held responsible for it because of their lack to provide uninterrupted water and electricity supply.

How the body responds to extreme heat

The body's normal core temperature is 37-38C.
If it heats up to 39-40C, the brain tells the muscles to slow down and fatigue sets in. At 40-41C heat exhaustion is likely - and above 41C the body starts to shut down.
Chemical processes start to be affected, the cells inside the body deteriorate and there is a risk of multiple organ failure.
The body cannot even sweat at this point because blood flow to the skin stops, making it feel cold and clammy.
Heatstroke - which can occur at any temperature over 40C - requires professional medical help and if not treated immediately, chances of survival can be slim.

How to stay safe against extreme heat

wearing damp clothes which will help lower the body's temperature.
sticking one's hands in cold water.
placing fans next to windows as this will draw air from outside, which should be cooler
wearing looser clothes.
having a lukewarm shower rather than a cold one.
fanning the face rather than other parts of the body.

Source: BBC Health

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