Tuesday 22 December 2009

What happens when it gets cold?

People die.

Last winter’s cold weather brought about a 10 per cent rise in the number of over-65 deaths and Age Action Ireland has urged people to protect the most vulnerable of older people during the current cold snap.

Research from the Dublin Institute of Technology said the death rate among over-65s during the first quarter of 2009 jumped by 10 per cent, an extra 613 deaths, when compared to the average rate for the same period over the previous three years.

Try typing something like 'deaths from cold weather' into Google, set the time frame to one week and see what you get.

Lots of stiff, frozen people.

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