The heat wave in most of the Italian regions and cities it shows no signs of decreasing. Indeed for the next day the situation is destined to worsen.
The conditions for a new health emergency of the third age are being repeated. It is worth remembering what happened with the heat waves of hell 2003.
The Istituto Superiore di Sanità ascertained that between June and September of that year there was a surge in mortality among the elderly population, precisely due to the great heat of that summer. At least they counted 2 thousand deaths above the annual average (always in the over 80 age group).
As for the individual cities, the values observed in Turin deserve attention, with an abundant doubling of deaths (increase of 108%), followed by L’Aquila (105%), Genoa (79.4%), Perugia (75.4% ), Milan (69.3%), Bologna (54.5%) and Rome (51.5%) (source ISS)
The President of Federanziani, Roberto Messina, he told Affaritaliani: “The geographical one is just one of the many factors to be taken into account. We are very alarmed not only for various areas of our country where the situation is particularly heavy as in the case of Puglia, but also for all those elderly people who live in the most at-risk situations, i.e. alone in large cities, or in structures such as retirement homes, many, too many nursing homes and family homes that do not comply with safety regulations and in which air conditioning systems may work in fits and starts “
Is there sufficient communication on the risks to the elderly from the competent authorities?
“In these cases, communication is never too much – Messina continues – the tendency to underestimate the alarm is still widespread as we see from the tragic bulletins that are repeated every year. We must remember not only not to go out during the hottest hours, I recommend that it may seem obvious but that we never tire of repeating, but also of not forgetting the importance of drinking a lot of water, since in the elderly the stimulus of thirst is reduced. ‘summer, And teach how to recognize the symptoms of heatstroke and seek immediate help.
Are we facing the risk of a new disaster like in 2003, in the face of everything the Covid epidemic has already cost?
“Unfortunately, the risk is real, even more so considering that after so many months of confinement at home due to Covid, everyone, even the elderly, has a desire to leave the house. This must be done with due caution and the local authorities must guarantee the maximum support in particular to the elderly alone “Messina concludes.