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Jul 24
Keeping Cool During COVID-19

​Residents are encouraged to seek out cooling in ways which minimize risk of spreading COVID-19. Below are some tips to share to stay safe and healthy during a period of increased heat:

Virtually check-in on at-risk clients, family, friends and neighbors

  • Encourage use of the AC, even if only for a few hours 

  • Help find a non-sick family member or neighbor with AC to visit

  • Be sure to wear a face mask, stay 6 ft apart, and wash your hands frequently 

  • Encourage frequent cool showers

When it is this hot outside, you need to limit outdoor activity, especially during the hottest periods of the day. If you go outside:

  • Take frequent breaks from your activity

  • Drink plenty of fluids regardless of activity level

  • Avoid alcoholic, sugary and caffeinated beverages

  • Use sunscreen containing an SPF-30 or higher

Stay hydrated and wear light, loose clothing!

If it is cooler outside than at home:

Seek medical care if you are feeling unwell:

  • Watch out for symptoms and signs of heat illness

  • If feeling sick or experiencing heat-related illness, do not delay care 

  • Heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the US and can exacerbate underlying illnesses

  • Call your provider, or in an emergency, call 911

Residents can follow @CityOfBoston and @HealthyBoston on Twitter and sign-up for AlertBoston, the City's emergency notification system, to receive the latest updates. Residents are also encouraged to call 311 with any questions about available city services.

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