All Time Low Temperatures

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Angela Gonzalez, Staff Writer

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These past few weeks have been a devastating time for Chicago and many cities alike. Temperatures dropped to negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit and winds were as chilling as negative 50 degrees. It was said that temperatures felt like negative 65. Chicago broke its record for coldest day, which was previously negative 15 degrees. Due to this severe cold, many Illinois residents endured death and hundreds were in hospitals for cases of hypothermia and frostbite. The winds alone could cause frostbite in a matter of minutes!

A human will typically die when his body temperature drops to about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Hypothermia occurs when the body is exposed to cold air, water, rain, or wind. The normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit and it can drop to 50 degrees in wet or windy weather. This begs the question, what happens to those who go outside on these frigid days? Well, they say layer up and stay indoors but what happens to those who don’t have a home to go to? Have we stopped to ask ourselves, “What about the homeless?”

Even mild hypothermia can occur in 60 degree weather, if not properly dressed or if you’re wet. Toes and fingers are most at risk for frostbite and most homeless people have old beat up shoes that will not be able to withstand the weather and keep them safe. In times like these it is important to take action. Donate in any way you can whether it be clothing, supplying food, or simply directing someone to the nearest shelter. Your simple but generous deed could save a life!

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