Article Recommendation: The Silent Killer by Clara Chaisson

Finding articles on heat that don’t come from the weather station is hard. Finding articles about heat related illness that don’t come from WebMD is even harder. That’s why we’ve done the research for you. You want to see cases of heat related illness? Got it. You want to see statistics about heat related illness? Got that too. You want to understand what the body goes through during a heat related incident? We’ll find it. We have dug through the nether pages of Google to find some of the best articles on heat related illness to explain how big of a problem it is in 2015 and why we need to take action against it now. Each week (maybe more) we will post an article recommendation on our blog along with our favorite bits of information from the article just for you. We’ll do all the work in order to help make staying informed as simple as possible. Hot Dot is here to help you maximize your awareness so you can minimize your risk.


Article Title: THE SILENT KILLER: Extreme heat kills more often than we think, and climate change is only going to turn it up a notch.

Author: Clara Chaisson


Top Ten Quotes

  1. Though unassuming, extreme heat is deadly, which is why it’s often referred to as a silent killer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 2006 and 2010, heat contributed to 666 deaths per year (hot as hell, indeed).
  2. Not only does its health impact take people unawares, it’s also not always obvious when heat factors into someone’s death
  3. In the summer of 2003, Europe sweated through its hottest temperatures in 500 years. At the time, it was reported that about 20,000 people had died from the heat—15,000 in France alone. A later epidemiological study that compared the number of people who actually died that summer to the number of expected deaths, however, put the toll closer to 70,000. That’s no minor rounding error.
  4. …the relationship between extreme heat and health is…well, it’s complicated.
  5. Several environmental conditions beyond the number on the thermometer can interact to worsen peoples’ health.
  6. Extreme heat and its cronies, says Luber, can also make many chronic health problems worse.
  7. Being prepared is key and can be as simple as spreading the word that heat is, in fact, dangerous.
  8. The U.K.’s Met Office predicts that by 2050, the kind of heat Europe saw in 2003 could happen every other year.
  9. According to a 2012 report by NRDC, the total number of excessive heat days in the United States will increase to more than eight times the baseline level by the end of the century.
  10. Because bringing down the planet’s fever could keep you out of the sickbed, too.
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