WITH parts of the country experiencing high heat indices, the Department of Health – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) warned residents not to stay out in the sun to avoid getting sunburn, heat cramps, or suffer heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Dr. Eduardo C. Janairo, DOH regional director, noted that people underrate the effects of the summer heat on their health as too much exposure from the sun can cause serious heat-related illnesses.
“It is best to stay at home or indoors dahil hindi lang COVID ang dapat nating iwasan ngayon kasama na rin dito ang sobrang init ng panahon na nararanasan natin. Hangga’t maari ay iwasan nating lumabas ng bahay mula alas-9 ng umaga hanggang alas-3 ng hapon dahil ito ang pinakamainit na oras na makakapagdulot ng masamang epekto sa ating kalusugan,” he advised.
Janairo added that when you are at home, stay in the coolest part of the house and when you are outdoor, stay in the shade away from direct sunlight and wear light-colored clothing to reflect the heat.
“Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep your body cool,” he said.
On May 12, 2021, Sangley Point in Cavite registered a maximum heat index of 46 °C, Ambulong, Batangas with 42 °C and Tayabas City, Quezon with 37 °C.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, the highest heat index was recorded in Dagupan City, Pangasinan with a maximum of 51°C on May 8.
The heat index is the temperature that the body feels or the apparent temperature that gives the human body comfort.
“I urge everyone to take extreme caution as the hot temperature may continue during this summer,” Janairo said.