Cold weather health hazards include hypothermia and frostbite, as well as carbon monoxide poisoning and injuries from heat sources.
Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature falls below 95ºF. Frostbite refers to actual freezing and subsequent destruction of body tissue that is likely to occur any time skin temperature gets much below 32ºF. The areas most likely to freeze are toes, fingers, ears, cheeks and the tip of the nose.
Tips for staying warm and healthy in extreme cold weather include:
Cover your head. You lose as much as 50 percent of your body heat through your head. Wear several layers of lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. The air between the layers acts as insulation to keep you warmer. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect lungs from direct cold air. Cover your ears and the lower part of your face, too.
Wear mittens rather than fingered gloves. The close contact of fingers helps to keep your hands warm.
Wear warm leg coverings and heavy socks, or two pairs of lightweight socks.
Wear waterproof boots or sturdy shoes to keep your feet warm and dry.
The United States is experiencing a large multi-state measles outbreak that started in California in December, 2014, and has now spread to 14 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington) and Mexico. An additional measles case found in Delaware is unrelated to the Disneyland outbreak.
Measles is a highly contagious virus that can be found in the air after someone who is infected with measles coughs or sneezes, or spreads by direct contact with infected secretions. Symptoms to look for include:
Rash that starts on the face and neck and then spreads
Red, watery eyes
There is no specific treatment for measles, but it can be prevented with a measles vaccine. Contact your health care provider to make sure your child is up-to-date on all vaccinations.
Open Enrollment is Extended for Marylanders with Incomplete Applications
If technical problems prevented you from finishing the health insurance application you started before the February 15 deadline -- don't panic! There's good news. You now have until February 28 to finish your enrollment.
Contact Cecil County Health Department for free health insurance enrollment assistance
You can visit us in person:
By appointment with a case worker or certified assister; or
Help Fight the Alarming Number of Overdose Deaths in Cecil County
To eliminate the number of senseless deaths caused by overdose, Cecil County Health Department now offers training on the use of naloxone, a life-saving drug that can rapidly reverse an overdose resulting from opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Percocet, or heroin.
After completion of training, participants receive a kit containing two doses of naloxone for use in event of an overdose emergency.
For more information or to see if you qualify, contact: Karl Webner, Overdose Prevention Coordinator 443-245-3785