Extreme heat is bad for everyone’s health — and it’s getting worse

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By Jen Christensen, CNN

Updated 1:40 PM ET, Wed June 15, 2022

(CNN)Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital in Rocky Mount, Virginia, is full. It’s managing its share of Covid-19 cases, as well as more typical problems for this time of year, like boating accidents. But staffers have also had to care for people who are sick because of something that’s deceptively dangerous: extreme heat.

High temperatures in the area this week are in the 90s, but when you factor in humidity, the heat index climbs as high as 104.

“We’ve had people just coming in today after mowing their lawn,” Dr. Stephanie Lareau, an emergency room physician, said Tuesday. “Luckily, sports hasn’t started back yet, so we haven’t seen a lot of the youth population. We see a lot of heat-related cases when football practice starts.”

Of all the natural disasters, heat is the No. 1 killer, studies show. And as temperatures continue to rise because of the climate crisis, scientists expect it to make even more people ill.

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