Who would’ve thought fun would be advised against during the summer? Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett has stated that “city residents should stay in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible, and keep hydrated with pure, healthful water” – that means no ice cold beers or piña coladas, no fun in the sun. What are we to do?
- Stay hydrated! Alcohol and caffeine are both dehydrating diuretics.
- Take lukewarm showers, not cold ones. A cold shower can shock an overheated body.
- Watch out for the sun! Use a sunscreen with SPF between 30 and 50, even on cloudy days. Wear clothes that protect from sun exposure.
- Avoid arduous activity – go for a run during the early evenings when it’s cooler!