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The heat waves forecast for the summer will be more difficult to support for the most vulnerable people due to the confinement measures imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned this Tuesday.
"Covid-19 increases the risk of hot flashes," said WMO spokeswoman Claire Nullis, noting that older people will no longer be able to leave their homes and be during periods of heat in places with air conditioning such as centers commercial, or other public spaces.
Periodic visits to check the health status of older people or emergency care for times of hot flashes will also be more complicated, impossible in some cases because they conflict with Covid-19 protection standards.
"Heat waves are increasingly intense and frequent because of climate change and this increases the pressure on people and health systems," he added.
According to data from 2018, the most vulnerable elderly people over 65 were 220 million times more exposed to hot flashes that year, when compared to the average between the years 1986 and 2005.
Last year there were two significant heat waves in Europe, one in early June and the other in late July.
In France, a record temperature of 46 degrees Fahrenheit was reached on June 28 and throughout the summer, high temperatures led to 20,000 consultations and 5,700 home medical visits.
"The message is that we must be prepared because Covid will complicate everything," concluded Nullis.