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The 10 Best Heatwaves and Public Health Podcasts: Risks and Precautions

Explore the profound impact of heatwaves on public health and discover essential precautions to safeguard communities.

Heatwaves and Public Health: Understanding Risks and Taking Precautions 🌡️🏥

Heatwaves present a significant challenge to public health, with the potential to cause heat-related illnesses, exacerbate existing health conditions, and even lead to fatalities. As temperatures rise due to climate change, it’s essential to understand the risks associated with heatwaves and take proactive measures to protect ourselves and our communities. In this guide, we’ll explore the impact of heatwaves on public health, common risk factors, and practical precautions to stay safe during extreme heat events.

The Impact of Heatwaves on Public Health

Heatwaves can have a range of adverse effects on public health, including:

  1. Heat-related Illnesses: Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can lead to heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion, heatstroke, dehydration, and heat cramps. These conditions can range from mild to severe and require prompt medical attention.
  2. Exacerbation of Chronic Health Conditions: Heatwaves can exacerbate pre-existing health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disorders, diabetes, and kidney problems. Elderly individuals, children, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses are particularly vulnerable.
  3. Increased Mortality Rates: Heatwaves are associated with an increase in mortality rates, especially among the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. High temperatures can strain the cardiovascular system and lead to heat-related deaths, particularly in areas with inadequate access to cooling facilities and healthcare services.
  4. Impact on Mental Health: Extreme heat can also have a negative impact on mental health, leading to increased stress, anxiety, and irritability. Vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, children, and individuals with mental health conditions, may be particularly susceptible to the psychological effects of heat waves.

Common Risk Factors for Heat-related Illnesses

Several factors can increase the risk of heat-related illnesses during heatwaves, including:

  1. Age: Elderly individuals and young children are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses due to their bodies’ reduced ability to regulate temperature.
  2. Chronic Health Conditions: People with pre-existing health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disorders, and obesity are at higher risk of heat-related illnesses.
  3. Medications: Certain medications, such as diuretics, antihypertensives, and psychotropic drugs, can impair the body’s ability to regulate temperature and increase the risk of heat-related illnesses.
  4. Socioeconomic Factors: Socioeconomic factors such as poverty, homelessness, and lack of access to air conditioning and cooling facilities can exacerbate the health impacts of heat waves, particularly in vulnerable populations.

Precautions to Stay Safe During Heatwaves

To protect public health during heatwaves, it’s essential to take proactive measures to stay cool and hydrated. Here are some practical precautions to consider:

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid sugary or caffeinated beverages, as they can contribute to dehydration. If you have a medical condition that requires you to limit fluid intake, consult your healthcare provider for guidance.
  2. Stay Cool: Seek out air-conditioned environments such as shopping malls, libraries, or cooling centers during the hottest part of the day. If you don’t have access to air conditioning, use fans, take cool showers, or place wet towels on your body to lower your core temperature.
  3. Limit Outdoor Activities: Avoid outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day and reschedule outdoor exercise or work for cooler times, such as early morning or late evening. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, and use sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn.
  4. Check on Vulnerable Individuals: Check on elderly relatives, neighbors, and those with chronic health conditions during heatwaves. Offer assistance and ensure they have access to cool environments, adequate hydration, and necessary medications.
  5. Know the Signs of Heat-related Illnesses: Familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion, heatstroke, dehydration, and heat cramps. If you or someone you know experiences symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, confusion, or fainting, seek medical attention immediately.
  6. Stay Informed: Keep track of weather forecasts and heatwave warnings issued by local authorities. Stay updated on public health advisories and take appropriate precautions to protect yourself and your community during extreme heat events.

The 10 Best Heatwaves and Public Health Podcasts: Risks and Precautions


Explore the profound impact of heatwaves on public health and discover essential precautions to safeguard communities.

1. Global Environmental Health Chat

This podcast series brings to you the knowledge and experiences of people working to understand and combat environmental health problems that reach beyond national boundaries and contribute to the global burden of disease.

Subscribe: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/global-environmental-health-chat/id1609260712

2. Adapt: Climate Change and the Built Environment

Hosts Mónika Serrano and Jessica Mederson interview people across the private and public sectors to discuss adapting the built environment to a changing climate. While climate mitigation and sustainability get most of the attention and financial investments, climate resiliency and adaptation are just as crucial because we are already experiencing the impacts of changes to our climate. Ensuring that we are adapting to extreme weather and evolving climate patterns requires us to reexamine what it takes to make our buildings, infrastructure, and communities safe and resilient both now and in the future, so that people, buildings, and businesses can continue to thrive for years and decades to come.

Subscribe: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/adapt-climate-change-and-the-built-environment/id1722992677

3. Don’t step out in a heat wave? Workers have no choice

According to the World Weather Attribution, the heatwave in India and Pakistan this year was a one-in-a-hundred-year occurrence. With global warming, things are only expected to get worse. Heatwave advisories ask people to not step out during extreme temperatures, but daily wage labourers have no choice. With unbearable working conditions, a 2021 study published in Nature Communications found that in India, the productivity lost per year due to heat is equivalent to 23 million jobs.

In this episode of Climate Emergency, host Suryatapa Mukherjee explores solutions with Dr. Dileep Mavalankar, the director at the Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar who designed South Asia’s first heat action plan for the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat; and Jagdish Patel, the Director of Peoples Training And Research Centre, who works on occupational health and safety rights. She also spoke to Arati Naskar and Sheela Chakraborty who work as sweepers with Kolkata Municipal Corporation, and Habibul who is contractually hired as a construction worker.

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4. Marisol Gonzalez: The Health Impacts of Climate Change

“I would say that as a doctor, nurse, or public health professional, you can use your powerful and trusted voice, get involved, and make sure this happens.”Marisol Gonzalez is an environmental health researcher who has worked as a medical humanitarian aid worker. She is passionate about climate change and health and works to raise awareness about the health impacts of climate change.About Marisol Yglesias-GonzalezI am an environmental health researcher and I study how climate change affects health. Climate change has direct and indirect effects on health, and these effects can be magnified by social factors like poverty, age, and gender. Climate change is the greatest global health threat of the 21st century.In this episode, you will learn the following:

1. Climate change has direct effects on human health, including extreme weather events.

2. Climate change can indirectly impact health through changes in water quality, air pollution, and disease vectors.

3. Social determinants of health play a role in how vulnerable individuals and populations are to climate change.

Chapter Summaries:

1) Marisol Gonzalez, an environmental health researcher, is a guest on the Healthy Project podcast. Today, she’s going to talk about a topic that’s important within the public health field.

2) Before the talk on climate change and health, the speaker talks about her background in environmental health and her work experience as a medical humanitarian aid worker. She’s introverted and she’s not a morning person, but she loves the opportunity to speak about the topic. She believes there is a lot of pessimism around the topic and she wants to be able to bring the evidence and motivate people.

3) As a student ten years ago, he was trying to establish the connection between climate change and health. He found out that both direct and indirect effects of climate change have an impact on human health. For one person, it being hotter, sooner, or hotter than usual may be uncomfortable. But for someone else, that heat wave or that temperature change may be significant for their health.

4) The social dimension of climate change makes the difference between rich and poor countries. People living in poverty, marginalized groups, people with disabilities, older adults, women, and young children bear the greater burden of risk in all regions. Those who live in poverty have fewer opportunities generally in life and are vulnerable to basically everything.

5) Marisol is an environmental health researcher. She believes that climate change is affecting everyone and we need to take action to adapt to it and mitigate fueling the climate crisis. Health professionals need to educate their patients on the health impacts of climate change. Health systems have a big carbon footprint. The US committed to decarbonizing the health sector. Elberta was the first case to put a name to climate change on the death certificate. The more people speak up about it, the more we have a podcast about the subject. We need to start bridging the fields of environment and health and engage more clinicians.

6) Healthcare sector is creating a lot of greenhouse gases. Most of the emissions come from procurement and the supply chain.

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5. 108. How Cities Use Data to Adapt to Climate Change

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres issued a “code red for humanity” when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared its latest report this week, which calls climate change “unequivocal” and “an established fact.” And the growing frequency and intensity of heat waves, droughts, and storms like the ones we’ve experienced this summer are to be expected for years to come.

Climate action is of critical importance for local leaders, as extreme temperatures are expected to be off the charts more frequently and for longer periods of time, causing significant harm to human health and well-being. While cities are often hit hardest by the impact of climate change, they are also on the frontlines in this fight.

From planting trees to help cool down cities to reimagining and improving access to public spaces, mayors are taking immediate, bold action to improve quality of life for their residents. Bloomberg Associates, the pro bono consulting arm of Bloomberg Philanthropies, works with cities to implement sustainable and scalable solutions to fight climate change now.

To tell us more about how cities are working to become more sustainable and resilient, Jacob Koch, who works on our Sustainability team at Bloomberg Associates, sits down with Alejandro Restrepo-Montoya, a Professor of Architecture at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín, Colombia. Alejandro formerly served as the City Architect of Medellín, and helped design the city’s award-winning “Green Corridors” project, which helped to reduce average city temperatures by 2 degrees Celsius.

Jacob also sits down with Ilaria Giuliani, the Deputy Chief Resilience Officer of the City of Milan. Bloomberg Associates has helped to support Mayor Beppe Sala’s goal to plant three million trees by 2030 and to help re-imagine the historic streets and piazzas to be greener and ensure all Milanese live within a short walk of an upgraded public space.

On this episode, Jacob, Alejandro and Ilaria discuss how cities use data to drive decision-making and evaluate impact, and the importance of bringing nature back to cities.

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6. How Do We Live With Hotter ‘Climate Normals’? (w/ Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Kathy Baughman McLeod, and Dr. Laurence S. Kalkstein)

Recently, NOAA released their new U.S. Climate Normals map, which is updated every ten years. It’s yet another reminder that we are living in an increasingly warm world. So how will we adapt? Three expert guests join us for a roundtable discussion on how we deal with the health, economic, justice, and climate repercussions of a hotter country and planet.

Kathy Baughman McLeod is the Senior Vice President and Director of the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center at the Atlantic Council and leads the Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance (EHRA), a global group that has proposed naming and ranking heat waves.

Dr. Laurence S. Kalkstein is the President of Applied Climatologists, Inc., a climate scientist, and member of EHRA. He also serves as principal investigator and co-founder of the Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative (LAUCC)

Dr. Aaron Bernstein is the Interim Director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE) — also a member of EHRA, pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

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7. What social solidarity demands of us in a pandemic

There is no doubt that social distancing is the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But the efficacy of social distancing (or really any other public health measure) relies on something much deeper and harder to measure: social solidarity.

“Solidarity,” writes Eric Klinenberg, “motivates us to promote public health, not just our own personal security. It keeps us from hoarding medicine, toughing out a cold in the workplace or sending a sick child to school. It compels us to let a ship of stranded people dock in our safe harbors, to knock on our older neighbor’s door.”

Klinenberg, a sociologist by trade, is the director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. His first book, Heat Wave, found that social connection was, at times, literally the difference between life and death during Chicago’s 1995 heat wave. Since then, he’s spent his career studying trends in American social life, from the rise of adults living alone to the importance of “social infrastructure” in holding together our civic bonds.

This conversation is about what happens when a country mired in a mythos of individualism collides with a pandemic that demands social solidarity and collective sacrifice. It’s about preventing an epidemic of loneliness and social isolation from overwhelming the most vulnerable among us. We discuss the underlying social trends that predated coronavirus, what kind of leadership it takes to actually bring people together, the irony of asking young people and essential workers to sacrifice for the rest of us, whether there’s an opportunity to build a different kind of society in the aftermath of Covid-19, and much more.

References

Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klinenberg

Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg

“We Need Social Solidarity, Not Just Social Distancing” by Eric Klinenberg

“Marriage has become a trophy” by Andrew Cherlin

Book recommendations:

Infections and Inequalities by Paul Farmer

Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Hochschild

A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit

The Division of Labor in Society by Emile Dukheim

Confused about coronavirus? Here’s a list of the articles, papers, and podcasts we’ve found most useful.

New to the show? Want to check out Ezra’s favorite episodes? Check out the Ezra Klein Show beginner’s guide (http://bit.ly/EKSbeginhere)

Credits:

Producer/Editor – Jeff Geld

Researcher – Roge Karma

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8. Quantifying Environmental Risk

In this episode of ESG Talks, Emilie Nadler, a Director on KBRA’s ESG team interviews Dr. Greg Characklis. Dr. Characklis serves as William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He is also Director of the Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems, a research center that bridges the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC Institute for the Environment, and is focused on translating environmental events such as floods, droughts and heatwaves into financial outcomes. The Center is currently engaged in projects funded by National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and the state of North Carolina to quantify the financial risks of extreme environmental events in a number of economic sectors, including water utilities, power utilities, agriculture, inland navigation (like the Mississippi River) and real estate. The Center’s research is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on the natural sciences, engineering and economics to develop an improved understanding of environmental financial risk, as well as new tools and strategies for managing it.

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9. Environmental Roundtable: Climate Change Fuels Extreme Weather, Shutting Down Oil Pipelines, And The Country’s First Black Chief Of US Forest Service

Climate deniers are on the hot seat, as temperatures soar and extreme weather blows through communities across the country. Plus, oil pipelines are on pause — or shut down completely — including the infamous Keystone XL pipeline. And a history-making appointment, as the first African American is named to lead the U.S. Forest Service.

Those stories and more on our environmental roundtable.

Guests:

Dr. Aaron Bernstein, interim director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Bernstein is a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Heather Goldstone, chief communications officer at Woodwell Climate Research Center and former host GBH’s weekly science-focused radio show, Living Lab Radio.

Sam Payne, digital organizer and communications specialist at the Better Future Project.

Editor’s note: This segment was recorded one week ago. In the time since taping, floods swept Europe and China, the Bootleg Fire in Oregon expanded and another heat wave hit the American West. Smoke from wildfires on the West Coast reached the East Coast and British Columbia declared a state of emergency over wildfires.

Subscribe: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/environmental-roundtable-climate-change-fuels-extreme/id954893533?i=1000530062810

10. World on Fire

When your backyard burns, is anywhere safe? Welcome to World on Fire, a podcast that takes us to the front lines of out of control wildfires in Canada, Australia and the United States. Hosts Adrienne Lamb and Mike Flannigan look at what it takes to find hope in the midst of record breaking heat waves, and communities burning to the ground. Hear from exhausted crews battling wildfire after wildfire and find out why experts say this is just the beginning. Wildfires cost us our health, our homes and our communities, yet people everywhere rebuild and not just survive but thrive.

Subscribe: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/world-on-fire/id1515735867


Benefits of Addressing Heatwaves and Public Health

  1. Reduced Mortality Rates: By implementing heatwave preparedness and response measures, communities can reduce the number of heat-related deaths during extreme heat events.
  2. Prevention of Heat-related Illnesses: Awareness and education about heatwave risks help individuals recognize the signs of heat-related illnesses and take preventive measures to avoid them.
  3. Enhanced Emergency Response: Preparedness plans and early warning systems improve emergency response efforts, ensuring timely assistance to those in need during heatwaves.
  4. Improved Healthcare Resources: Understanding the impact of heatwaves on public health allows healthcare providers to allocate resources effectively and provide appropriate care to heatwave-affected individuals.
  5. Protection of Vulnerable Populations: Targeted interventions and support systems help protect vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, children, and individuals with pre-existing health conditions, from heatwave-related risks.
  6. Community Resilience: Building resilience to heatwaves fosters community cohesion and solidarity, as neighbors come together to support one another during extreme heat events.
  7. Promotion of Public Safety: Heatwave preparedness measures, including public education campaigns and cooling centers, promote public safety and minimize heatwave-related emergencies.
  8. Economic Stability: By reducing heatwave-related healthcare costs and productivity losses, efforts to address heatwaves and public health contribute to economic stability and resilience.
  9. Environmental Preservation: Mitigating the impacts of heatwaves on public health also benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with healthcare services and emergency response efforts.
  10. Long-term Health Benefits: Investing in heatwave preparedness and public health initiatives yields long-term health benefits, as communities become more resilient to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events.

Case Studies: Examining the Impact of Heatwaves on Public Health

  1. Chicago Heatwave of 1995: The 1995 heatwave in Chicago resulted in over 700 heat-related deaths and highlighted the importance of early warning systems, emergency response protocols, and community outreach in preventing heatwave fatalities.
  2. European Heatwave of 2003: The 2003 heatwave in Europe, which claimed tens of thousands of lives, underscored the vulnerability of urban populations to extreme heat and the need for comprehensive heatwave preparedness plans.
  3. Australian Heatwave of 2018: The 2018 heatwave in Australia led to a surge in hospital admissions for heat-related illnesses, prompting authorities to implement public health campaigns and provide additional resources to protect vulnerable communities.
  4. Heatwave and Air Quality: Heatwaves exacerbate air pollution by increasing the formation of ground-level ozone and particulate matter, which can worsen respiratory conditions and lead to increased hospitalizations and mortality rates.
  5. Heatwave and Mental Health: Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can have psychological impacts, including increased stress, anxiety, and depression, as individuals grapple with the physical discomfort and emotional strain of oppressive temperatures.
  6. Heatwave and Infectious Diseases: Heatwaves can facilitate the spread of infectious diseases by creating favorable conditions for the proliferation of pathogens and vectors, increasing the risk of vector-borne and waterborne illnesses.
  7. Heatwave and Urban Heat Islands: Urban areas experience higher temperatures during heatwaves due to the urban heat island effect, exacerbating heat-related health risks for city dwellers, particularly those living in densely populated areas with limited green spaces.
  8. Heatwave and Vulnerable Populations: Vulnerable populations, including the elderly, children, pregnant women, and individuals with pre-existing health conditions, are at increased risk of heat-related illnesses and mortality during extreme heat events.
  9. Heatwave and Labor Productivity: Extreme heat can impair cognitive function and physical performance, leading to decreased labor productivity and economic losses in sectors such as agriculture, construction, and outdoor labor.
  10. Heatwave and Heat-related Deaths: Heatwaves contribute to excess mortality by exacerbating underlying health conditions, such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and increasing the risk of heat-related deaths, particularly among the elderly and socioeconomically disadvantaged.

Key Takeaways for Protecting Public Health During Heatwaves

  1. Stay Informed: Monitor weather forecasts and heatwave alerts, and stay informed about heatwave risks and precautionary measures.
  2. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol, as they can contribute to dehydration.
  3. Seek Shade: Limit outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day and seek shade whenever possible to reduce exposure to direct sunlight.
  4. Stay Cool: Use fans, air conditioning, or cooling centers to stay cool indoors, and take cool showers or baths to lower body temperature.
  5. Check on Vulnerable Individuals: Keep in touch with elderly relatives, neighbors, and friends, and offer assistance to those who may be more vulnerable to heat-related risks.
  6. Dress Appropriately: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabrics to help regulate body temperature and prevent overheating.
  7. Protect Your Skin: Apply sunscreen with a high SPF to protect against sunburn and reduce the risk of heat-related skin damage.
  8. Know the Signs of Heat-related Illnesses: Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, and seek medical attention if you or someone else exhibits signs of heat-related illness.
  9. Plan Ahead: Develop a heatwave preparedness plan for your family or household, including communication strategies, emergency contacts, and evacuation routes if necessary.
  10. Stay Connected: Stay connected with local authorities, healthcare providers, and community organizations for updates and guidance during heatwave events.

Frequently Asked Questions About Heatwaves and Public Health

1. What is a heatwave?

  • A heatwave is a prolonged period of excessively hot weather, typically characterized by high temperatures and minimal rainfall.

2. How do heatwaves impact public health?

  • Heatwaves can lead to heat-related illnesses, exacerbate existing health conditions, and increase mortality rates, particularly among vulnerable populations.

3. Who is most at risk during a heatwave?

  • Vulnerable populations, including the elderly, children, pregnant women, and individuals with pre-existing health conditions, are most at risk of heat-related health impacts during extreme heat events.

4. What are the symptoms of heat-related illnesses?

  • Symptoms of heat-related illnesses include dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, nausea, dizziness, and fainting.

5. How can I protect myself and my family during a heatwave?

  • Stay hydrated, stay cool indoors, limit outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day, and check on vulnerable individuals, such as elderly relatives and neighbors.

6. Are certain medications or medical conditions more affected by heatwaves?

  • Yes, certain medications and medical conditions can increase susceptibility to heat-related illnesses, so it’s essential to consult with healthcare providers about managing medications and health conditions during heatwave events.

7. What should I do if someone is experiencing heatstroke?

  • Move the person to a cool, shaded area, remove excess clothing, and apply cool compresses or immerse them in cool water while waiting for emergency medical assistance.

8. How can I stay cool if I don’t have air conditioning?

  • Use fans, take cool showers or baths, keep curtains or blinds closed during the hottest parts of the day, and visit air-conditioned public spaces like libraries or shopping malls to stay cool.

9. Are there long-term health effects of heatwaves?

  • Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can have long-term health effects, including cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, as well as increased susceptibility to heat-related illnesses in the future.

10. What can communities do to protect public health during heatwaves?

  • Communities can implement heatwave preparedness plans, establish cooling centers, provide public education and outreach, and prioritize the needs of vulnerable populations to protect public health during heatwave events.

Conclusion

Heatwaves pose a significant threat to public health, with the potential to cause heat-related illnesses, exacerbate existing health conditions, and increase mortality rates. By understanding the risks associated with heatwaves and taking proactive precautions to stay safe, we can protect ourselves and our communities from the adverse effects of extreme heat events. From staying hydrated and seeking out air-conditioned environments to checking on vulnerable individuals and knowing the signs of heat-related illnesses, each of us has a role to play in safeguarding public health during heatwaves. Let’s work together to raise awareness, take preventive measures, and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. Stay cool, stay safe! 🌡️🏥

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