Cold Weather Alert
A amber cold weather health alert is currently in place across the East of England until 12-noon on 20 January 2024.
Who is at risk?
While the cold weather can affect anyone, there are particular groups who are particularly vulnerable. These include:
- People age 65 years and over
- Individuals with long-term health conditions, including: cardiovascular and/or respiratory diseases
- Pregnant individuals
- Children age 5 and under
- People with learning disabilities
- People at risk of falls
- People living alone and unable to care for themselves
- Housebound individuals, or people with low mobility
Why is there an increased risk of illnesses and injuries in winter?
- Cold, poor quality homes – this could cause mould in the home, which increases the risk of illnesses, especially from asthma
- Infectious diseases, such as flu and norovirus circulate at a higher frequency in winter
- Hazardous snow and ice
Keep your home warm
Make sure your hearting is set to a temperature that is comfortable for you. Small adjustments can also help keep you warmer in the colder months such as:
- Heating room you use a lot, to at least 18°C
- Using draft excluders against external doors
- Closing windows at night
- Wearing two or three layers of thinner clothing, instead of a single thick item of clothing.
Do your bit: Look after yourself and others
Should you experience a cold or sore throat, your local pharmacist will be able to help advise you on ways you can manage these minor illnesses.
Should you be worried about your health, your GP or NHS 111 can offer advice and support. In an emergency, dial 999.
Check in on your neighbours and relatives in case they should need any help or support.
Help reduce the risk of catching and spreading flu and COVID by keeping on top of your vaccinations:Flu vaccination COVID-19 booster
For further advice on how to do your bit this winter, check our winter health advice page:Winter health advice
For the latest weather updates and advice, visit the Met Office:Met Office