July 7, 2021  

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Protecting Groups at Higher Risk from Extreme Heat

Metrics on heat related deaths and illnesses

With the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and New England experiencing extreme heat events, CDC resources can support you in making sure your communities " Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, and Stay Informed". Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this fact, an average of 702 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. To learn more about helpful tips, information, and resources to help you and those you love stay safe in the extreme heat this summer, visit:  Extreme Heat.

Older adults, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at highest risk. However, even young and healthy people can be affected if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.

Summer activity, whether on the playing field or the construction site, must be balanced with actions that help the body cool itself to prevent heat-related illness. Learn the symptoms and what to do, if you or a loved one shows signs of having a heat-related illness

Your Community Forecast

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Using CDC’s newest version of the Heat & Health Tracker, you can now explore the heat wave forecast for your county and track weekly cases of heat-related illness across the country. Users can also search for heat and health by county or zip code, create custom maps, view data snapshots, and access CDC guidance and resources. 

Heat Wave Forecast: The Heat & Health Tracker now has monthly heat wave forecasts, providing county-level information on the number of days expected to exceed a dangerous level of heat in the next month, number of heat waves, average length of heat waves, and average day time and night time temperatures during a heat wave.

Heat-Related Illness: The Heat & Health Tracker now displays weekly rates of emergency department (ED) visits for heat-related illness per 100,000 ED visits by region using data available through the National Syndromic Surveillance Program.

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