More South Koreans suffer from heat-related illnesses than last year
Updated: 2022-06-24 17:29:14 KST
More South Koreans are falling victim to scorching heat this year compared to last year.
Data from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Friday shows that the number of patients admitted to emergency rooms for heat-related illnesses over the past month was one-hundred-63.
Although no deaths have been reported so far, that's an increase of more than 70 percent from the same period last year.
Demographic-wise, those in their 50s and older made up almost half of the tally.
In terms of workplace, around half of the patients worked outdoors such as on farms.
The largest number of patients reported on a single day was 23 on June 22nd when temperatures reached around 35 degrees Celsius.
Common symptoms of heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion include headache, dizziness, muscle spasms, and fatigue.
So how can we protect ourselves from the heat?
"If you feel like it's too hot or that your heart is pounding too fast, you need to find a cool place immediately.
You must take regular breaks if you're working at a place with poor ventilation, or wearing tight clothes.
When working outside when temperatures are, you should work in pairs so that you can help each other out when feeling sick."
But this is not something only South Korea is struggling with.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 1-hundred-66-thousand people died due to heat waves from 1998 to 2017.
But this number is expected to rise further due to climate change.
Song Yoo-jin, Arirang News.