Heat warning and public and workers’ health at the time of COVID-19 pandemic

Jul 21, 2020 | Project publications

Si tratta di uno studio pubblicato come “Discussion” sulla rivista “Science of the Total Environment” in cui è stata discussa l’interazione tra alcune misure per contrastare la diffusione del Covid-19 (in particolare l’uso di alcuni dispositivi di protezione individuale) e la gestione dello stress da caldo.

The humanity is currently facing the COVID-19 pandemic challenge, the largest global health emergency after the Second World War. During summer months, many countries in the northern hemisphere will also have to counteract an imminent seasonal phenomenon, the management of extreme heat events. The novelty this year concerns that the world population will have to deal with a new situation that foresees the application of specific measures, including adjunctive personal protective equipment (i.e. facemasks and gloves), in order to reduce the potential transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. These measures should help to decrease the risk of the infection transmission but will also represent an aggravating factor to counteract the heat effects on the population health both at occupational and environmental level. The use of a specific heat health warning system with personalized information based on individual, behavioural and environmental characteristics represents a necessary strategy to help a fast adaptation of the population at a time where the priority is to live avoiding SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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