NASHVILLE – Winters in Tennessee can be very unpredictable. That’s why the Tennessee Department of Health urges everyone to be prepared for dangerous weather, the risk of hypothermia and other winter health concerns.
“Hypothermia occurs when the body’s core temperature falls below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, just a few degrees less than the normal 98.6 degrees F,” said TDH Chief Medical Officer David Reagan, MD, PhD. “Symptoms of hypothermia include being confused, sleepy, apathetic and delirious. Hypothermia can also cause a person to slip into a coma, causing the heart and respiratory system to fail.”