As the UK records some of the highest temperatures ever, scientists are branding the current heatwave a 'deadly natural disaster.'
Deaths during heatwaves
Last summer alone, around 2,500 deaths were related to heatwaves. This past Sunday, five people passed away in water-related incidents in an attempt at cooling down during what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far.
Things have become so bad that climate scientist from the London School of Economics, Bob Ward, believes a spike in deaths and incidents could be in store due to this years heatwave. He explains that:
We are in the middle of a natural disaster with hundreds of people dying across England and Wales. Most of those who are dying are elderly or have underlying respiratory illnesses, living in houses and care homes that are prone to overheating.
Many of these deaths could have been prevented if the Government had implemented a national heat risk strategy.
What to absolutely avoid?
With the upsurge of heatwave-related accidents happening, medical experts have also been advising people to not drink ice-cold water during these times.
Last year, a man from the US explained how he collapsed upon drinking a large amount of cold water after being in the sun for a long period of time. He said doctors told him that the collapse he went through was a result of swift temperature changes that leave the body in a state of shock:
Apparently, if you're too hot and chug a bottle of cold water, it can send your body into shock. It thinks that the stomach is going hypothermic and so it takes the warm blood from your hands, feet and head and sends it to the stomach.
You will lose consciousness. Cold water is good, but only in sips. Room temperature water is better if you need fast rehydration.