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A recent study by Public Health France takes stock of heat-related mortality between 2014 and 2022.

“Heat is one of the most worrying climatic risks in Europe, on ecosystems, but also on human health”, underlines the director of Environmental and Occupational Health of Public Health France, Sébastien Denys. This statement follows a report on heat-induced mortality in France between 2014 and 2022.

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It is estimated at 33,000 heat-related deaths in France over the 8 years of the study. This is the first time that we have managed to count the victims of the temperature. Depending on the years, between 1000 and 7000 people would perish because of this factor.

We also die from the heat outside the heat waves

If the record year is 2022, because it has witnessed three heat waves, people also die outside of these periods when the mercury climbs very high: 70% of heat-attributable deaths are on the fringes, notes the study. Another observation: a third of the people concerned are under 75 years old. The heat therefore does not only threaten the oldest

As a reminder, the symptoms of heat stroke are as follows: body temperature over 40 degrees, intense headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat, confusion and loss of consciousness.

To limit the impact of the heat, certain precautions should be taken: avoid drinking alcohol, stay hydrated regularlywear loose and covering clothes, protect your head, avoid exposing yourself to the sun, stay in cool places as much as possible.

Source: Public Health France

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