With the first day of Winter behind us, we are still experiencing winter weather. Temperatures in our area of Virginia range from 35 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit during the month of January. Cold weather can impact our health. In 2013, 34 hospitalizations were attributed to “unintentional injuries sustained due to cold weather” per Anne M. Zehner, MPH Epidemiologist, Virginia Department of Health
24 deaths due to cold weather were reported in the United States by NOAA in 2013 none of these deaths occurred in Virginia. Winter injuries are much more common and range from frost bite and hypothermia to carbon monoxide poisoning.
While we are waiting for the weather to warm up how can we be healthy in cold weather?
Read what the EVMS Emergency Medicine Department has to share about cold weather and health;
Cold Weather Tips From EVMS Emergency Medicine
Want to learn more about cold weather health? Click on the links below;
Winter Weather Emergencies (MedlinePlus)
Take Precautions In Extreme Cold Weather (Virginia Department of Health)
Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide To Promote Your Health and Safety (CDC)
Common Winter Injuries (And How To Prevent Them) (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
Discover more about health issues, search Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library collections and databases by visiting the library’s website at http://www.evms.edu/library.
This blog is about consumer health topics of interest to the general public and a vehicle to promote the Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library and library outreach events.
Ruth Smith, MLIS