If I were to say that in the last century nearly 4million people in the UK had died from something in the environment and that the UK government were wetting themselves trying to increase you wouldn’t believe me. But this is what they are doing.
The UK & Scottish government are spending billions of our money actively promoting conditions that kill!
But it is not some chemical that they are introducing, it’s the simple fact that around 37,000 extra deaths occur in the UK due to winter cold. [In the past, Age concern have suggested around 23,000 extra deaths, but apparently the figure is much higher!]
Overall, the UK exhibits an average seasonality rate of 18%, which represents about 37 000 annual excess winter deaths
So 6% of the 588000 deaths each year in the UK are connected to our colder winters. Over our lifetime that is millions of people who die of cold. To put that in context the main causes of deaths in England & Wales (2010) are:
|Cancer & neoplasms||141,000|
This suggests that if it were a separate illness, then it would be the third biggest killer and almost twice as high as the Political Correct “Elf and safety” obsession with accidents. (Of which 4,000 are due to falls – which inevitably increase in wintry conditions). The number of excess winter deaths is almost twice as high as the Age Concern figure of 23,000. And let’s not forget that stasis “Zu Vil Be Cold” government in Scotland and the UK are making it far worse:
An estimated 1.5 million older people who live in the countryside are struggling to keep warm because they live in areas off the gas grid and can’t afford expensive heating oil, according to Age UK. (Age UK)
However this is not the only correlation they found:-
Mean winter measurements of environmental temperature, rainfall, and humidity are analysed against the results for relative excess winter mortality. The results demonstrate that climatic variables such as mean winter environmental temperature and mean winter precipitation are found to be positively associated with levels of relative excess winter mortality in Europe.
Temperature: A highly significant regression coefficient of 0.27 is found (p<0.001) with regard to environmental temperature.
Humidity: the study found some relationship between the overall level of relative humidity and relative excess winter mortality across Europe; a significant regression coefficient of 0.23 (p=0.02) is reported.
Winter Rainfall: there is a significant relationships between mean winter rainfall and excess deaths (a regression coefficient of 0.54, p<0.001).
Economic wealth The results of the study show that the state of the macroeconomy is strongly associated with the level of excess winter deaths across Europe (p<0.001). The relationship indicates that more affluent countries with higher per capita GDP (Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark) exhibit lower seasonal variations in mortality.
Health Expenditure: Per capita health expenditure (adjusted for purchasing power parity) is found to have the strongest association with relative excess winter mortality in Europe, with a regression coefficient of −1.19 (p<0.001). However, the number of hospital beds (per 1000 population) is found to be insignificantly associated with the coefficient of seasonal variation in mortality (p=0.44), and similarly the number of GPs (per 1000 population) is not found to be associated with variations in relative excess winter deaths (p=0.67)
However even if our politicians are intent on killing as many people as possible by minimising the benefits of a warmer climate from CO2 and putting up the price of heating so those most at risk can’t afford to offset the effects of cold. Let’s not forget that we can do something to help reduce winter deaths:
Here are some things you can do to stay safe and ward off the winter chills:
- Have your heating system serviced and your chimney swept.
- If you have wood-burning, coal or gas heaters make sure there’s adequate ventilation. Never block air vents, and get your boiler serviced every 12 months by a gas engineer.
- If water pipes freeze they can burst, so make sure you know where the main stopcock is so you can turn off the water.
- Have your electric blanket serviced at least every three years.
- Make sure your smoke alarm is working. You can ask your local fire service to check your home for fire safety. It’s free and you may be eligible to get free smoke alarms fitted.
- Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm in each room that has a gas appliance.
- Make sure you claim all the financial support you can to help with heating bills.
- Dress in plenty of layers and make sure you have warm shoes or boots with non-slip soles.
- Keep a mixture of salt and sand handy to put on steps or paths in icy weather.
- Consider fitting a grab rail if you have steps at your front or back door.
- Keep simple cold, flu and sore throat remedies in the house.
- Follow up your GP’s invitation to have a flu jab.
- Order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time, particularly if bad weather is forecast.
- Ask your local pharmacy if they offer a prescription pick-up and delivery service.
- Keep basic food items in the cupboard or freezer in case it’s too cold to go shopping. You could also do your food shopping online and get it delivered to your door.
- Eat healthily and keep as active as possible.
- Ask your family, neighbours or friends if they could call or visit you more often.
- Keep a battery-operated radio, torch and spare batteries handy in case there’s a power cut. Keep your mobile phone, laptop or tablet fully charged so you can use the battery power if there’s no electricity.
- Keep a list of emergency numbers, such as your utility companies, by your phone.