The Doctor Prescribed a Siesta
The Chief of Rospotrebnadzor (RF State Public Health Service), Dr Gennady Onishchenko, believes that employers should to give their staff the opportunity to rest a little longer during the lunch break on hot days. On Wednesday, he said, “I didn’t use the word ‘siesta’… for me; it’s a four-letter word. Rather, I suggested an extension of the mid-day break. Due to the heat, we should limit strenuous activity to earlier and later in the day, and longer breaks are essential during peak temperatures with the highest sun exposure”. European Russia is already in the third week of a heat wave. To avoid health problems, doctors advised Russians to wear light clothing, drink more, not to abuse bathing, only use air conditioning in offices and cars moderately, and always wear a hat to protect themselves from the sun and heat stroke.
14 July 2010