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The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA), led by our West Midlands team, urges visitors to be aware of the latest health and hot weather advice.

From July 28 to August 8, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will attract participants from the UK and around the world.

advice for the summer
Stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids, and limit your alcohol intake.

Make sure you have water with you if you need to travel.

Limit your physical activity. If you must do physically demanding outdoor exercise, try to schedule it for the cooler times of the day, such as early morning or late evening.

During the hottest hours of the day, especially between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., seek shade.

When you go out in hot weather:

Put on UV screens (preferably wraparound)

Use a sunscreen with UVA protection of at least SPF 15 on your skin.
Dress in light, loose cotton clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.

Make sure infants, young children or the elderly are never left alone in parked cars as they can easily overheat.

If you have headaches, excessive thirst, or dizziness, get as close to a cool place as possible and drink water or diluted fruit juice.

If you experience excruciating muscle cramps, especially in the legs, arms, or abdomen, find a cool place to sit and consume electrolyte fluids.

Call 111 if you don’t feel better within 30 minutes.

If someone has symptoms of heat stroke, call 999 immediately as this is a medical emergency.

Symptoms include

feeling unwell (after 30 minutes of resting in a cool place and drinking plenty of water)

do not sweat despite overheating
a fever of 40°C or higher, rapid breathing, feeling confused or short of breath (convulsions)

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Tips to stop the spread of stomach bugs

If you have symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea, stay home.

Until 48 hours after the last symptom, avoid going to work, school, or socializing outdoors.

Stay hydrated.

Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water, especially after using the toilet or just before preparing food.

Try to avoid preparing food for others while you are sick.

Clean all surfaces in all places where someone has had an illness with a bleach-based cleaning solution.

Linen soiled during an episode of illness should be washed in hot water.

sexual safety tips
Use condoms, especially when dating someone new.

If you’ve had unprotected sex, get tested.

Make an appointment at a sexual health clinic and refrain from having sex until you have been tested and cleared for any STDs (STDs).

Recommendations to stop the spread of infectious diseases
If you have signs of an infectious disease, such as:

Signs of coronavirus (COVID-19) or any other respiratory illness include diarrhea or vomiting, fever and general malaise.

Scarlet fever, chicken pox, measles or monkey pox

Follow public health recommendations for the disease you have.

For more information, visit NHS.UK and call 111 if you’re worried about your or someone else’s health.

Before mingling with large groups of people, try to make sure you are up to date on your MMR, MenACWY, and COVID-19 vaccinations.

Know the symptoms and signs of monkeypox, which can be contracted through intimate contact, including sex, and go to a sexual health clinic if you think you might be infected.

Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.

Before eating, after using the toilet and after sneezing or blowing your nose, wash your hands. Throw used tissues in a trash can.

You might decide to cover your face if you’re traveling on public transport or around a lot of people indoors.

UKHSA West Midlands health protection consultant Caryn Cox said:

We all need to apply sunscreen, don wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses, protect ourselves from the sun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and drink plenty of water as the Met Office is predicting a few hot weeks during the Games.

With so many people gathering to watch the Games and participate in the celebratory activities taking place across the region, the risk of spreading infections, including COVID-19 and gastrointestinal viruses, which can be spread by poor hand hygiene, is higher.

If you are sick, it is better to stay at home.

Before interacting with many people, it’s also good to be up to date on your regular vaccines, such as MMR, MenACWY, and COVID-19.

It is crucial to practice safe sex due to the area’s bustling atmosphere and high tourist traffic, which could lead to the spread of STDs.

So always use condoms and, if you’ve had unprotected sex, get tested for STIs.

Even though monkeypox is not an STI, it can still be spread through close physical contact, so be aware of any symptoms and seek help from a sexual health clinic if you think you have it or have another STI .

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