“More possible deaths feared as mercury set to plunge further”
Before you read this, let me say that I find it very hard to believe that 10°C (50°F) weather would kill anyone. Be that as it may, the following was published on Taiwan News on January 31.
As temperatures plummeted to 10° to 12°C (50 to 53.6 F) in all parts north of Tainan, 53 people lost their lives to the bitter cold yesterday. More lives are at risk as an intense cold surge is set to arrive on Saturday.
A major cold surge is set to strike Taiwan, causing the mercury in all points north of central Taiwan to drop down to 6 to 7 degrees (42.8 to 44.6F). During this period, Hehuanshan, Taipingshan, Lalashan, Qixingshan, and Datunshan are all likely to see snowfall.
Central to northern Taiwan will see the mercury plunge to 8 degrees, and open areas could see the temperature drop to as low as one to two degrees (33.8 to 35.6F).
Mountainous areas above 1,000 meters are likely to see snow, including Qixingshan and Datunshan from Saturday until Monday.
“The drop in temperatures can cause an increased likelihood of sudden death,” the article continues.
As I said, I find this very hard to believe.
However, the article proceeds to quote Taipei Medical University Director of Critical Care Medicine Kao Wei-feng, who said that 95 percent of sudden deaths brought on by cold weather are related to heart ailments. Cold temperatures increase the possibility of high blood pressure, myocardial infarction, and heart failure. Kao advised those at risk individuals experiencing unusual chest tightness, chest pain or upper abdominal pain to seek immediate medical attention.
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