The government of India has issued an advisory in public interest due to the heatwave that the country is currently facing to avoid hot drinks like tea and coffee and to also avoid drinking any form of alcohol. On Monday, Churu recorded 50.3 degrees Celsius being the hottest place in the country for the third consecutive day. They have also said that wearing loose and light-colored cotton clothes will help beat the heat. Going outdoors does not seem to be a good idea this summer and we are advised to use an umbrella or a cap or a towel if we ever do go out during the day especially between 12 pm to 3 pm. "Heatwave can cause adverse effects on human health, including other sectors," the advisory, issued by the Health Ministry stated. At present, heatwave conditions are prevailing over parts of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi.
Liquids must be consumed as much as possible such as water and salted drinks like lassi, lemon water, fruit juice and ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution). Fruits like watermelon, cucumber, lemon, and orange will also help in overcoming these conditions. One can also reduce the room temperature by using curtains, fan, cooler and air conditioner and must also take baths frequently.
"Person feeling unwell, especially old aged, young children, pregnant women, those with pre-existing medical conditions, and outdoor workers, should be immediately shifted to a cooler place, put on minimum clothing, be sponged with cold water, applied ice packs wrapped in cloth, and transported to nearest health facility," the advisory said.