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Heat risk exacerbation potential for neurology patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and related isolation

Heat risk exacerbation potential for neurology patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and related isolation
Heat risk exacerbation potential for neurology patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and related isolation

COVID-19 may increase the risk of heat-related symptoms during hot weather since vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with neurological disabilities, must continue to self-isolate, often indoors. Within the chronic neurological patient population, indoor conditions in summer months present a hazard because of impaired and/or altered thermoregulation, including poor hydration status due to both autonomic and behavioral dysfunction(s). To address this increased risk, telemedicine protocols should include an assessment of the patient’s environmental parameters, and when combined with physiological data from wearable devices, identify those with neurological diseases who are at higher risk of heat illness. Personalized medicine during times of self-isolation must be encouraged, and using smart technology in ambient assisted living solutions, including e-health to monitor physiological parameters are highly recommended, not only during extreme weather conditions but also during times of increased isolation and vulnerability.

Climate change, COVID-19, e-Health, Heat illness, Neurological diseases, Physical distancing
0020-7128
627-630
Buoite Stella, Alex
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Filingeri, Davide
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Ravanelli, Nicholas
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Morrison, Shawnda A.
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Ajčević, Miloš
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Furlanis, Giovanni
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Manganotti, Paolo
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Ravanelli, Nicholas
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Furlanis, Giovanni
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Buoite Stella, Alex, Filingeri, Davide, Ravanelli, Nicholas, Morrison, Shawnda A., Ajčević, Miloš, Furlanis, Giovanni and Manganotti, Paolo (2020) Heat risk exacerbation potential for neurology patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and related isolation. International Journal of Biometeorology, 65 (4), 627-630. (doi:10.1007/s00484-020-02044-2).

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COVID-19 may increase the risk of heat-related symptoms during hot weather since vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with neurological disabilities, must continue to self-isolate, often indoors. Within the chronic neurological patient population, indoor conditions in summer months present a hazard because of impaired and/or altered thermoregulation, including poor hydration status due to both autonomic and behavioral dysfunction(s). To address this increased risk, telemedicine protocols should include an assessment of the patient’s environmental parameters, and when combined with physiological data from wearable devices, identify those with neurological diseases who are at higher risk of heat illness. Personalized medicine during times of self-isolation must be encouraged, and using smart technology in ambient assisted living solutions, including e-health to monitor physiological parameters are highly recommended, not only during extreme weather conditions but also during times of increased isolation and vulnerability.

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Accepted/In Press date: 29 October 2020
Published date: 8 November 2020
Additional Information: Funding Information: The authors would like to thank Matteo di Franza for editorial and proofreading assistance. ABS received the unconditional support from the Merck Prize in Neurology. MA and GF received the unconditional support by Cloud Assisted for Health and Safety - CASSIA project (POR-FESR FVG 2014-2020). Publisher Copyright: © 2020, ISB.
Keywords: Climate change, COVID-19, e-Health, Heat illness, Neurological diseases, Physical distancing

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Local EPrints ID: 468189
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/468189
ISSN: 0020-7128
PURE UUID: 01945687-44bb-4a8b-af25-f34a36cd8b7b
ORCID for Davide Filingeri: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5652-395X

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Date deposited: 04 Aug 2022 16:52
Last modified: 05 Aug 2022 02:02

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Author: Alex Buoite Stella
Author: Nicholas Ravanelli
Author: Shawnda A. Morrison
Author: Miloš Ajčević
Author: Giovanni Furlanis
Author: Paolo Manganotti

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