Heatstroke or COVID-19? Similar symptoms could confuse at Olympics

Heatstroke or COVID-19? Similar symptoms could confuse at Olympics

6/10/2021 7:54:00 AM

Heatstroke or COVID-19? Similar symptoms could confuse at Olympics

TOKYO — Emergency medicine experts warn first responders at the Tokyo Olympics could easily confuse heatstroke and coronavirus patients because the illnesses bear similar symptoms. While Games organizers have moved the marathon and race-walk events to the cooler northern city of Sapporo, most events are taking place in Tokyo between July 23 and Aug. 8, the […]

|June 10,2021 - 11:58 AMThe logo of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games that have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, is seen through a traffic sign at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office building in Tokyo, Japan January 22, 2021. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla to star in 'Too Good to be True' 1,000-percent increase in PCOO’s support staff baffles Drilon Healthcare must be top priority for new admin: Robredo

TOKYO — Emergency medicine experts warn first responders at the Tokyo Olympics could easily confuse heatstroke and coronavirus patients because the illnesses bear similar symptoms.While Games organizers have moved the marathon and race-walk events to the

cooler northern city of Sapporo, most events are taking place in Tokyo between July 23 and Aug. 8, the peak of the city’s hot and humid summer.“Medical resources in the hot summer are so limited, even in the normal summer without the Olympic Games,” said Shoji Yokobori, chair of the Nippon Medical School Hospital’s department of emergency and critical care medicine in Tokyo. headtopics.com

Shinji Nakahara, a public health expert at Kanagawa University of Human Services, said medical teams could mistake a COVID-19 patient for somebody suffering from heatstroke as both illnesses have symptoms of high temperature, dehydration and fatigue.“It can cause a messy situation in medical care stations at each venue,” said Nakahara.

Tokyo’s emergency health system has already had a taste of the combination of heatstroke and COVID-19. So-called difficult-to-transfer cases – where a patient being transported by ambulance is turned down by multiple hospitals – more than doubled last summer from a year earlier.

Toshiro Muto, CEO of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, has said officials are working on plans to deal with heatstroke, considered a major health concern alongside COVID-19.In a study of heatstroke management during the pandemic, Yokobori found that around four people diagnosed with severe heatstroke among 1,000 cases later tested positive for COVID-19.

While the ratio was nominal, the result was a “shock”, Yokobori said, due to risks over hospital-acquired infections.Compounding the problem, wearing masks, a key prevention measure against the coronavirus, can raise body temperatures in the heat of the summer. headtopics.com

SHINee's Key pays homage to retro in 'BAD LOVE' music video Aging boxers seek pension law for ring champs Senators question PCOO's creation of social media office without a law

That puts not only spectators but emergency responders at risk, Yokobori said, calling for organizers to bar spectators from the Games.Tokyo 2020 have already blocked spectators from overseas but are yet to announce whether locals will be able to attend.

“When we take care of heatstroke patients, we also have to protect ourselves with heavy protective gear, because we cannot separate COVID-19 with heatstroke,” Yokobori said. “That makes us so stressed.”For more news about the novel coronavirus clickWhat you need to know about Coronavirus.

For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150. Read more: Cebu Daily News »

Stories from the Heart

Olympics: Tokyo Games chiefs mull plan to vaccinate volunteersTokyo Olympics organisers are considering vaccinating all 70,000 Games volunteers, CEO Toshiro Muto said Tuesday, in a bid to reduce infection risks with around six weeks until the sporting extravaganza.

PSC approves POC's budget proposal for Tokyo OlympicsThe Philippine Sports Commission on Wednesday said it has earmarked P46.230-M to boost the country's medal drive in the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.

PSC approves POC's budget proposal for Tokyo OlympicsThe Philippine Sports Commission on Wednesday said it has earmarked P46.230-M to boost the country's medal drive in the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.

It’s official: Skateboarder Margielyn Didal is going to the Tokyo OlympicsLABAN PILIPINAS! With skateboarder Margielyn Didal confirmed for the TokyoOlympics, that means the Philippines has 10 athletes so far who are going to the Japan Games. PinoyPride (How did Margielyn qualify? Read here: Kiyomi Watanabe is already qualified as well in Judo

OPINION: Tokyo was picked as the 'safe' choice for the Olympics. Here's how everything changedOPINION: Back in 2013, Tokyo's big win to secure the Olympic Games in only the second round of voting — it took out Istanbul 60-36 — rested largely in its insistence to the IOC that as a host, it was a

Margielyn Didal becomes 10th Filipino Tokyo 2020 OlympianTop skateboarder Margielyn Didal officially secures a Tokyo 2020 Olympics slot via world rankings! Tokyo2020