HHS Warns of Extreme Summertime Heat

Climate Health Outlook warns of mental health and other risks.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its second Climate Health Outlook to prepare Americans for the higher temperatures expected this summer. The Office of Climate Change and Health Equity, which publishes the report, hopes to inform the public about how the upcoming extreme heat affects mental health, preparing Americans for a potential rise in anxiety, depression, suicide, and violence in addition to the various physical conditions to watch out for. 

“Spikes in energy demand should be expected during summer months as air conditioning use increases,” the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health stated. “The combination of sagging power lines (copper expands as it heats up, thus increasing impedance and reducing throughput) and increased energy demands can cause power failures that make certain populations more vulnerable when the risk is highest.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That the president’s administration would seek God’s guidance on how to address the power needs of the nation.
  • For Health Department officials as they alert Americans to the dangers of extreme summer heat. 
  • For protection for those in U.S. regions highly affected by the summer heat.

Sources: The Hill, Department of Health and Human Services


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