Measures to prevent summer heat stroke and the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the hot summer weather continues, it is recommended to use air conditioning appropriately in order to prevent heat stroke. However, in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, it is also recommended to frequently open windows and doors to ventilate rooms, and to avoid poorly ventilated places, as these are factors which can increase the spread of the virus. It is therefore important to take measures to prevent heat stroke and measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus simultaneously.

 

The Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare have issued a leaflet regarding the prevention of heat stroke titled “Stay healthy with a new lifestyle: preventing heat stroke and the novel coronavirus.” Please find the leaflet attached (note: the leaflet is written in Japanese). Please pay particular attention to the instructions on wearing a face mask and ventilating rooms during summer. If you see anyone who may be suffering from heat stroke, please give them appropriate first aid and ensure that they receive emergency medical care immediately.

 

Please use the attached leaflet to provide the members of your faculty or department with information on measures to prevent summer heat stroke and the spread of the novel coronavirus.

 

 

Yu Sakagami

Chief Staff Physician

 

Takenao Yoshizaki

Director-General of the Agency of Health, Safety and Environment

 

 

Points to note regarding the prevention of both the novel coronavirus and heat stroke

  • Try to arrange seating to reduce the density of people in a room as much as possible.
  • Set the air conditioning temperature to 28℃ and the humidity to 70% or lower to prevent heat stroke.
  • Use an air circulator or electric fan to achieve more efficient cooling.
  • Frequently open windows and doors even while using air conditioning.
  • If you think it is safe to take off your mask, such as in cases where you are outside and can maintain a sufficient distance (2 meters or more) from others, you may do so to prevent heat stroke.
  • Drink water frequently and replace lost salt while wearing a face mask.

 

Important points when applying first aid for heat stroke

  • Move the person to a cool place.
  • Remove the person’s unnecessary clothing and cool their entire body to help lower their body temperature.
  • If the person is conscious, have them drink water and provide them with salt.

 

 

Leaflet: “Stay healthy with a new lifestyle: preventing heat stroke and the novel coronavirus”

(issued by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

https://www.wbgt.env.go.jp/pdf/20200621_yellow.pdf (in Japanese)