This guest blog was contributed by Christopher Eccleston is Professor of Medical Psychology at the University of Bath, and the author of ‘Embodied: the psychology of physical sensation’.
Winter’s approach reminds us that staying warm is a challenge. In 2014-2015, in England and Wales alone, there were 36,300 preventable winter deaths due to cold exposure among people age 75 and over. We survive in a narrow core bodily temperature range of only a few degrees – human core temperature is around 37ᵒC, we dip into hypothermia at 35ᵒC and hyperthermia is not far above core temperature – and have to keep within the range when the world outside our bodies is more extreme. Even in England, temperatures have been as low as -26.1ᵒC and as high as 38.5ᵒC.
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Shockingly, 24,000 older people in England and Wales may not survive the cold weather this winter – that’s 200 deaths a day that could be prevented.
Posted in Consumers, Energy, Health, Spread the Warmth campaign
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