The Ministry of Health in Vietnam Advises Limiting Outdoor Activity on Hot Days

Stay Cool and Hydrated: Health Recommendations for Hot Weather Conditions in Vietnam

The Ministry of Health has issued a recommendation for people to limit outdoor activities between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on hot days and to drink at least 1.5-2 liters of water per day. This recommendation was included in an official dispatch sent to localities on prevention and protection of public health and workers against the effects of heat, drought, and saltwater intrusion. The intense heat appearing in many parts of the country has prompted this advice, with the North experiencing early heat and the South regularly reaching temperatures of 37-38 degrees Celsius.

During this season, common health problems include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration, which are often caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures or sudden changes in environmental temperature. High-risk groups include the elderly, young children, pregnant women, those who work in hot environments for extended periods, and individuals with chronic diseases.

To prevent these issues, it is recommended that people limit sun exposure by staying indoors during peak hours or wearing protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses when outdoors. Light-colored clothing can also help reflect sunlight away from the body.

Staying hydrated is also crucial during hot weather conditions. Drinking water regularly can help prevent dehydration and other heat-related illnesses. Beverages like oresol can also replenish lost minerals.

Individuals working in hot environments should adjust their schedules to avoid peak temperatures by taking breaks throughout the day in shaded areas. Protective gear such as gloves and long sleeves can also help shield workers from harmful UV rays.

By following these guidelines and taking necessary precautions, individuals can stay safe and healthy during hot weather conditions while minimizing their risk of developing heat-related illnesses.

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