Advisory to avoid Hypothermia
In view of cold weather conditions in high altitude sites in the yatra area where temperature abruptly falls 2 – 5 degree Celsius , yatris especially elderly people may suffer from hypothermia.
Symptoms of Hypothermia.
Shivering is likely the first thing you'll notice as the temperature starts to drop because it's your body's automatic defence against cold temperature — an attempt to warm itself. Signs and symptoms of hypothermia include:
In mild to moderate cases
- Slurred speech or mumbling
- Slow, shallow breathing
- Weak pulse
- Clumsiness or lack of coordination.
In severe conditions
- Drowsiness or very low energy
- Confusion or memory loss
- Loss of consciousness
Following measures are suggested to prevent Hypothermia
- A healthy diet with plenty of fluids with warm drinks and regular meals can help provide energy so that the body can generate heat.
- Avoiding of alcohol, caffeine and smoking as they all increase the rate at which the body loses heat.
- During sleep also, the body should be covered with warm clothes including covering the head and feet.
- Before going to sleep, making sure that the underclothes are not wet due to sweat as wet clothes lose around 90% of their insulation power
- Avoid bathing during night times even with hot water.
Yatries are also required to bring with them adequate woolen clothing; jacket; warm inners; woolen socks; gloves; cap (preferably a monkey cap ); trousers (preferably a waterproof pair); muffler, sleeping bag; windcheater; raincoat; waterproof shoes; Umbrella (preferably one which is tied with an elastic band around your head and supported by strap around the chin).