A hypothermia story

Now that winter is turning to spring, it might be a bit late for a warning, but it is never too late for a reminder. Outside.com describes the cold hard facts of freezing to death in As Freezing Persons Recollect the Snow–First Chill–Then Stupor–Then the Letting Go. It could happen to you.

– lowest core for an adult is 61F but anything below 77 is usually fatal. You tremble violently at 95F

But for all scientists and statisticians now know of freezing and its physiology, no one can yet predict exactly how quickly and in whom hypothermia will strike–and whether it will kill when it does. The cold remains a mystery, more prone to fell men than women, more lethal to the thin and well muscled than to those with avoirdupois, and least forgiving to the arrogant and the unaware.

People can learn adaptive mechanisms to help deal with the cold. Some interesting things happen when core body temperatures drop – and also when they recover. Read the story to learn about what could happen to you.

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