STAYING SAFE DURING WINTER
With temperatures expected to plummet over the coming days and icy conditions posing hazards for Brits, it’s important that you look after yourself during winter.
Emma Rubach, Head of Health Advice at Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, said: “As this week’s plunging temperatures signal winter’s arrival, the cold air could put people with lung conditions such as asthma and COPD at risk of life-threatening flare-ups.
“With Covid-19 putting an unprecedented strain on the NHS, it’s more important than ever that people with lung conditions take precautions to stay well this winter, which will prevent them needing emergency care in hospital,” she said.
“If you have a lung condition, simply wrapping a scarf around your nose and mouth before you go outside will warm up the air before you breathe it in, which will reduce the risk of you having an asthma attack or flare-up.
“If you are wearing a mask or other face covering it can also help the air warm up so can be an alternative to a scarf for when you are outside.
“Cold weather can also make people with lung disease vulnerable to illnesses so it’s vital to stay warm by keeping your home above 18°C (64°F) and make sure you have at least one hot meal a day as well as plenty of hot drinks.”
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