People Living In Hotter, Poorer Places More Likely To Die During Extreme Heat

Posted: Jun 28 2016, 11:12am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


People Living in Hotter, Poorer Places More Likely to Die During Extreme Heat
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  • Individuals living in Poverty-Stricken Areas more likely to Die of Hot Weather

It has been found that individuals living in poverty-stricken areas are more likely to die of hot weather especially when it is at its most extreme.

Vancouver is a place where being out in the open heat and also being socially disadvantaged can lead to death. Researchers found that there was a greater chance of giving up the ghost if the area one lived in was relatively poor and also exposed to the heat. It seemed to be a deadly duo, this destitution and dead heat. Climate change also does not help in the amelioration of this SNAFU. 

Already scientists are busy looking into a mapping of the areas most likely to have casualties due to extreme weather conditions. It is a requirement of future health intervention efforts. The researchers looked into the matter to a considerable depth of analytic complexity.

Maps of urban heat centers where the humidity index climbs to 34.4 degrees Celsius were made from scratch. Also the VANDIX  or Vancouver Area Neighborhood Deprivation Index was used to find out more about mortality rates from all the hottest days between 1998 and 2014. That is a period of 16 odd years. 

The VANDIX also measures illiteracy and joblessness among its multifarious variables. It is basically a public health service and well-being tool that has great accuracy and precision.

There are vulnerable areas spread out throughout the region. They need special attention from the authorities. Even neighborhoods with medium to average poverty showed the risk factors in them as being more than usual.

Areas with a lot of concrete houses and buildings, not to mention little greenery, tend to be pockets of vulnerability. Especially among people in these loci that were jobless or retired, the risk increases significantly. 

In 2009 alone, in a single week during the summer months, 110 people died. It was so hot, that they couldn’t stand the sultry and sweltering conditions. Many of these were relatively young senior citizens who were in their 60s and 70s.

They were not as old as say 80 or 90. Part of the problem lies in the fact that these senior citizens are living in homes that are so hot and humid that they represent a living hell.

Since there is no air conditioned office to go to, they sit in isolation and suffer at home. The thing that is needed is to keep cool. In order to beat the heat, the best option would be to head out to a colder place equipped with an air conditioner.

Also by pouring water on one’s shirt one may lessen the impact of the heat. Finally, by staying hydrated, one allays any chances of heat stroke or dehydration.

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