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Cold Weather and Hypothermia

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When you are exposed to cold temperatures and your body can't produce enough heat, you get hypothermia. Be careful, low body temperatures affect the brain and victims can't think clearly. Symptoms include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, and drowsiness. If you notice signs of hypothermia, take the person's temperature. If it is below 95°, the situation is an emergency—get medical attention immediately and get the victim into a warm area and out of any wet clothes. Learn more about Hypothermia and how to stay healthy in winter weather.

HHS Financial Report for 2008

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Test Your Health IQ

Man coughing Respiratory Syncytial virus, or RSV, is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. If infected with RSV, how long do you think you could be contagious?

  1. 1 day
  2. 2 days
  3. More than 3 days
  4. Not at all

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Of Interest: Warm and Safe on Inauguration Day

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Coming to DC for Inauguration Day? Spending time outside in the cold? In January the average temperature in Washington, D.C. is 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening health problems, especially for infants and the elderly. Be sure to wear hats, water-resistant coats, scarves or knit masks to cover the face and mouth, and gloves or mittens. HHS advises Inauguration attendees to prepare to avoid cold-weather related health problems.

Learn more about cold weather preparation for every day and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.
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