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Summer heat during Coronavirus

Published: 23 June 2020

Top tips to stay well in the hot weather

As the temperature starts to soar here in Surrey, we're in for some hot days, so to make sure you can still enjoy the Summer weather, despite the restrictions of Coronavirus, we've got some top tips. These aim to keep you well, whether you're self isolating, working from home, or socialising outdoors.

Staying indoors?

  • With more people working from home, shielding and isolating, it's important to keep your home cool as the temperatures rise
  • Draw your blinds/curtains during the day to help keep the room temperature cool
  • Keep windows closed during the day and open them at cooler parts of the day e.g. the evening – try to get air flowing through your home.
  • Use an electric fan if the temperature is below 35°C, but avoid aiming it directly at the body. Please don't use a fan if anyone in the home is unwell with symptoms of COVID-19
  • Stay hydrated with regular drinks.

Enjoying the outdoors?

Current social distancing rules and travel restrictions means more people are likely to enjoy the warm weather in Surrey, whether it's meeting friends and family, minimising the use of public transport by walking or cycling, or enjoying outdoor sports.

  • Surrey is England's most wooded county – perfect for finding some shade when you're exploring the countryside
  • Your suitcase may be packed away, but you can certainly dig the sunscreen out
  • Timing is key – outdoor activity such as sport, DIY or gardening, may be more enjoyable at cooler times of the day
  • Stay hydrated with regular drinks
  • Enjoy picnics and BBQs but remember the importance of hand hygiene
  • Avoid passing or sharing plates and food with others – better still bring your own.

Know someone who may need help?

The community spirit and support in Surrey over recent months has been remarkable. Many vulnerable people who are shielding or isolating may be more at risk from the effects of heat.

  • Check on neighbours who may be isolating and unable to care for themselves; make sure they are able to keep cool during the warm weather, keeping a safe distance when you visit
  • Keep in touch remotely over the phone or using video technology with friends and family.
  • If someone is unwell or needs further help, the NHS is still here to help. Call NHS 111 to speak to a trained advisor or speak to your local pharmacist.

For more tips on coping in the heat, visit the Healthy Surrey website for local information, advice and services available to help you and others stay healthy.

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