United States: As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many regions in the United States experienced “record-breaking high temperatures” in 2023 owing to extreme heat. 

The agency’s latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed that heat-related illnesses topped the Emergency Room (ER) visits in various parts of the US. The count has surpassed the numbers noted from 2018 to 2022. 

Moreover, as per the reports, more males tend to have ER visits for heat-related illnesses than females. The comparison is mostly between the ages of 18 and 64 years old. 

The experts say that Americans are going through “longer, hotter and more frequent episodes of extreme heat,” as the Fox News reported. 

ALERT: Emergency Room Visits Soar as Record Heat Waves Strike the US. Credit | REUTERS
ALERT: Emergency Room Visits Soar as Record Heat Waves Strike the US. Credit | REUTERS

According to Patrick McHugh, M.D., an emergency medicine physician at Cleveland Clinic Akron General in Akron, Ohio, “Extreme heat could be considered an invisible killer in so much as many people become exposed and vulnerable to its dangers quickly and often without warning.” 

Moreover, McHugh emphasized that Americans “shouldn’t worry,” he emphasized the need to “be aware and prepared for the dangers of heat waves.” 

And, As average temperatures rise due to climate change, the risk of extreme temperatures, heat waves and record-breaking temperatures increases.” 

What is meant by extreme heat? 

An EPA spokesperson said, “Extreme heat can be defined depending on a variety of factors, including location, weather conditions (such as cloud cover, humidity, and temperature), and the time of year.” 

Generally, an area is said to be going through it when the weather of a particular region is much hotter and/or more humid than average in a particular area, as the agency stated. 

The EPA spokesperson stated, “Where in the U.S. people are most susceptible to heat depends on what is normal for a given location and the type of infrastructure (such as access to air conditioning),” and, “Extreme heat is becoming more common in places that have not historically experienced extreme heat … and don’t have the infrastructure to keep people cool, which has major consequences for health and safety.” 

Moreover, accoding to the EPA statement, a heat wave is typically a phenomenon which can be said as a “prolonged period of abnormally hot weather, usually lasting more than two days in a row.” 

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