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Preventing Heat-Related Fatalities During the COVID-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "The deadliest weather-related health outcomes in the U.S. are heat related. On average, heat contributes to over 650 U.S. deaths annually. As we approach what is expected to be a record high temperature summer, the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has created additional risks for heat-related illnesses and deaths. Government restrictions to reduce the spread of the virus will result in fewer public places to go cool down, including public pools, cooling stations, libraries, and indoor shopping malls. [...] Using mortality data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Online Database (CDC WONDER), I show how the risk of heat-related death varies by age group and metropolitan status. I also propose recommendations for local leaders to prevent heat-related deaths in the current context of COVID-19 business closures and physical distancing."

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Lerner Center Research Brief No. 24
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2020-07-01
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Syracuse University Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
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