Heat wave in Japan: thousands of people hospitalized

In Japan, where the hottest weather periods are in July and August, hundreds of thousands of people fall victim to heat strokes every year. Recently, from July 3 to 9, the country was hit by a particularly intense heat wave that hospitalized nearly 4,000 people. That’s 737 more than the previous week, Administrative Affairs and Communications Minister Takeaki Matsumoto said.

The period is particularly dangerous for the elderly. More than half of the victims of heat strokes are elderly people. In this regard, Minister Matsumoto urges the public to take basic measures to combat the heat, including regular consumption of sufficient water.

Heatstroke in Japan is a serious problem that the country faces every year. High temperatures exceeding 35 degrees Celsius have been recorded in many parts of the country. This leads to serious health consequences and in the worst cases can even lead to death.

Japan has always been known for its hot climate, especially during the summer months. Already since ancient times, the Japanese have faced problems related to high temperatures and heat. However, with the advancement of technology and scientific research, the country has been able to take steps to combat these problems.

For example, air conditioning systems are widely used in Japan to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. In addition, the Japanese actively use fans and other devices to cool the air. However, despite all precautions, heat strokes are still a serious problem.

Scientists from around the world are studying the causes and effects of heat strokes to find effective ways to prevent the phenomenon. One of the main factors influencing the occurrence of heat strokes is extreme heat. When the ambient temperature becomes too high, the body cannot cool itself effectively and is stressed.

However, in addition to high temperatures, humidity also plays an important role. High humidity makes it difficult for sweat to evaporate from the surface of the skin, making it even more difficult for the body to cool down. Therefore, when temperatures are high and humidity is high, the risk of heat stroke increases significantly.

To prevent heat strokes and minimize health risks, experts recommend the following precautions:

1. Drink adequate amounts of water. It is important to keep your body hydrated, especially during heat waves.

2 Avoid physical activity during the hottest times of the day. If you must exercise or do physical work, do it at a cooler time of day.

3 Wear light and loose clothing made of natural materials that allow your skin to breathe.

4. avoid direct sunlight and stay in the shade whenever possible.

5. Use sunscreen with a high level of UV protection.

6. Be aware of your health and seek medical attention at the first sign of heat stroke.

Heatstroke is a serious problem that requires attention and action. The state and the public must work together to prevent the negative effects of heat and protect people’s health.

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