Government issues a cold weather alert for the coming days
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The Government has warned that the weather is expected to change over the coming days, with lower temperatures and wind, making it feel a lot colder.
The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate advises the general public to: keep bedrooms at around 18°C and living rooms at 21°C; draw window curtains at dusk to help keep the heat in; wear several thin layers of clothing as these trap air and are better than one thick layer for keeping warm; to eat well, having at least one hot meal every day and regular hot drinks; and to keep mobile, if mobility is not an issue.
It said that although anyone can suffer from cold-related health effects, elderly people, infants, and those suffering from long-term health conditions are more at risk. As people age it takes longer for them to warm up, which raises the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes.
The Directorate added that as such, it is important that people keep to warm areas, eat warm food and drinks, avoid alcohol and tobacco – which increase the likelihood of adverse effects from the cold – and to dress properly if going out. It is also advised to check regularly on older people and those more at risk, especially if they live alone.
The annual flu vaccine is the most effective way to help reduce the risk of becoming infected and spreading the flu, with the seasonal flu vaccine still available free of charge for all Maltese residents and is available from all health centres.
Photograph by Alain Salvary