Ontario summers can be very hot and humid with many heat alerts and all of us are faced with the dilemma of practicing heat stroke prevention and corona-19 prevention at the same time. That public cooling centers and public swimming pools are likely to be closed during the upcoming warm summer months makes the situation worse. It means that many people are going to be removing their masks just to stay comfortable. This is going to have people conglomerating in parks, without their masks, just to try to stay cool, and these are mostly bodies that are not in motion. The situation becomes even more risky for those who are in motion and want to exercise in order to stay fit.

When you wear a mask when it is hot out it becomes harder to exercise because the mask keeps cool air from entering your lungs, which is why you see so many joggers out there running around without one. The very acting of inhaling and exhaling will generate heat, so joggers and runners are best to find isolated paths to run on, rather than run without a mask in packed parks on trails where it is impossible to do the six meters of social distancing.

Know the Signs of Heat Stroke.

As the temperature rises, it may become harder than ever to keep your Covid-19 mask on, simply because wearing it you feel hotter, even if the temperature is only in the 20 degrees Celcius. Add a humidex to that and you end up with a masked experience that can have you feeling hot, sticky and struggling to breathe through the damp fibers of the mask’s fabric. Many runners and joggers have already noted, especially on social media, that once the temperature is above 30 degrees Celcius, running with a mask on has given them heat stroke or made them feel as if they are at risk for it.

Signs of heat stroke are:

  • A throbbing headache after you have been in the sun for some time
  • A high body temperature of over 103 Fahrenheit
  • Excessive thirst
  • Profuse sweating (dangerous because it leads to dehydration)
  • An inability to sweat (dangerous because it means your body is already dehydrated.)
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Hot, dry flushed skin
  • Nausea
  • Stomach and leg cramps
  • Dark urine
  • Mental confusion

If you have been out in the sun and experience any of these symptoms –

  • Stop what you are doing immediately (even if you are winning tennis match or beating your own personal running time – it’s not worth taking off the mask and exposing yourself to the covid-19
  • Get into shade or preferably a dark cool room
  • Remove excess clothing
  • Cool off by sponging yourself with cool water
  • Place ice packs or cold, wet towels on the person’s head, neck and groin.

Be sure to drink plenty of fluids to minimize your risk of becoming so ill that you need to go to the hospital.

Coping With Risk Factors for Heat Stroke During Covid-19

There are all kinds of factors that influence your risk of getting heat stroke that must be heeded so that you can still wear your mask in public.

  • Gong out on hot days. Your nervous system is less able to cope with changes in body temperature, so avoid going out in public when the temperature is hot.
  • Exertion in hot weather. Avoid exercising without a mask in any weather, as aerosolized drops from breathing hard can be projected onto other people. Prevent the inclination to jog without a mask when it is hot.
  • A lack of air conditioning. When shopping, avoid stores that don’t have air conditioning so that you can wear your mask.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. If your clothing is too tight you are more likely to feel hot and take off your mask.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated will help your body sweat and maintain a normal temperature.

Remember that at this time, it is probably more important to wear your mask and avoid any activity that causes heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

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