Vulnerable people shielding from coronavirus are facing the twin threat of a deadly virus and extreme heat this summer. Experts this week warned the world is entering the seasonal “danger zone” for extreme weather, with Britain bracing for heatwaves and wildfires. Last year’s heatwaves, which saw temperatures approach 40C, caused almost 900 excess deaths in England according to Public Health England. This year the threat is higher. Those most at risk from heat exhaustion – the elderly, and people with heart and kidney problems – also fall into the most vulnerable group for Covid-19. Smoke inhalation from wildfires also increases the risk from coronavirus, doctors have said.
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Fires that smoulder beneath the surface in Arctic regions during the winter months are reigniting in the spring with devastating consequences, scientists believe. Milder winters and lighter snowfalls make it easier for these so-called zombie fires to remain alight in dried-out peatlands before erupting again once temperatures rise. Satellite imagery suggests that wildfires raging in the Russian Arctic and remote areas of Siberia have their origins in the massive blazes that spewed soot and smoke across an area larger than the European Union last summer.
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