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Coping with a Covid heatwave

A Level two heat alert has been issued with a heatwave likely between Wednesday 24 June and Friday 26 June. West Berkshire Council have added extra guidance given the current climate.

Heatwaves can be dangerous especially for the very young, the very old, or those with chronic disease and Covid-19 amplifies the risks of hot weather. 

People are encouraged to

  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast

  • Check ambient room temperatures- especially those rooms where disabled or high risk individuals spend most of their time

  • Keep an eye on people who you know to be at risk- ensure they have access to plenty of cool liquids

  • Look out for vulnerable neighbours

Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be found on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather, by calling NHS 111 or from your local chemist.

Specific resources for heat risk and COVID-19 have been developed and are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england.

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