What puts a person at risk for hypothermia?

The likelihood of illness depends on factors such as physical activity, clothing, wind, humidity, working and living conditions, and a person’s age and state of mind. People at risk for cold-related illness emergency include those who work or exercise outdoors, elderly people, young children, and people with health problems. Also at risk are those who have had a cold-related illness emergency in the past, those with medical conditions that cause poor blood circulation, and those who take medications to eliminate water from the body (diuretics).
People at high risk of getting hypothermia are:
  • elderly people who do not have enough clothing, heat, or food
  • babies who sleep in cold bedrooms
  • homeless people, hikers, hunters and others who spend a lot of time outdoors
  • people who drink alcohol or use illicit drugs
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