Heatstroke can be fatal - here's how you can protect yourself

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Thais may be familiar with hot weather, but it does not mean they are immune to heatstroke.

Every year, many people in Thailand, young and old, fall victim to heatstroke. On average, as many as 32 people die of heatstroke each year.

The risk is particularly high during the peak summer months, when the mercury often soars above 40 degrees Celsius.

From March 1 to April 17 last year, 21 people succumbed to heatstroke. Of them, 13 died in public areas and two in vehicles.

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Common symptoms of heatstroke are fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, anxiety, headache, low-blood pressure, collapse and anhidrosis. Without timely help, heatstroke can prove fatal.

On Tuesday, a 56-year-old woman collapsed while queuing at a temple under the scorching sun in Udon Thani province.

"Although she was rushed to hospital, she succumbed," Dong Yen Police Station's deputy superintendent, Pol Lt-Colonel Chamlong Thabseekaeo, said.

An investigation revealed that the woman had travelled from Chaiyaphum province and waited in a queue for a long time until she felt sick and collapsed.

On the same day, a 77-year-old cyclist collapsed during his normal cycling routine in Nakhon Phanom province. Police said although he too was rushed to a nearby hospital, he passed away.

"We believe his death is related to heatstroke," Pol Captain Chularat Apirom, a deputy inspector at the Muang Nakhon Phanom Police Station, said. She said relatives had already taken his body away for funeral services and they did not suspect any foul play.

Take a break from the heat at these 4 places with refreshing cold brews

  • Old Hen Coffee Bar is an intimate, cosy space created to share specialty coffee and hearty comfort food that promises to rid you of any negative, toxic vibes.
  • Besides indulgent buttermilk waffles and friendly service, their bottled cold brews are so amazing patrons keep returning for more.
  • Old Hen's cold brews are available in both black and white. Both are great and word has it that they sell out before you can say "shucks".
  • Address 88 Rangoon Road #01-03 Singapore 218374
  • With a massive online community that has trouble going without raving about their coffee (cold brew included) and quality food, Common Man Coffee Roasters has got its own base of loyal patrons behind their back 24/7.
  • A quick scroll on their Facebook page or sites like TripAdvisor where diners chime in and dish their thoughts shows how incredibly well-loved this place is with comments like "delicious coffee", "worth the hype" and "will definitely be back" sealing their stamp of approval.
  • Address 22 Martin Road #01-00, Singapore 239058
  • Address 22 Martin Road #01-00, Singapore 239058
  • What else can you expect besides fantabulous coffee when their short description on their Facebook page boldly reads "Damn. Good. Coffee."?
  • This hidden gem offers exceptionally pleasant cold brews that explode with such flavours that make merry on your tastebuds.
  • And it likely will keep you wide awake for a longer-than-usual period of time, too.
  • Address 73 Amoy Street Second Floor Singapore 069892
  • This might come as a surprise for many given where Oriole Coffee + Bar is located, but we don't really care where we have to venture to so long as we get a lip-smackingly-good cold brew fix, don't we?
  • Their in-house cold brew known as Taisho Cold Brew comes in both a black and white version. They have a newly crafted version called Taisho M.A.D. Milk for those who fancy the idea of chugging down a nutty, non-dairy concoction of dates, almonds and macadamias.
  • Also, word has it that it tasted a whole lot more intense than it looked, while being delicate, silky smooth and hitting all the right spots.
  • Address Pan Pacific Serviced Suites 96 Somerset Road #01-01 Singapore 238163

The Disease Control Department has warned people to avoid going outdoors when the weather is very hot. People who need to carry out activities under the sun are advised to wear a hat or use an umbrella and also drink lots of water.

It is predicted that temperatures will soar as high as 43 degrees Celsius over the next seven |weeks.

The ministry's permanent se-cretary, Dr Sopon Mekthon, recommended that people should drink two litres of water a day during summer to lower the risk of heatstroke.

Heatstroke poses a particular risk to children under five years of age, the elderly, people with chronic diseases, obese people, people who lack adequate rest and heavy drinkers.