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Being homeless can make you become exposed to hypothermia
Hypothermia is a condition when a person is so cold that the body temperature drops below normal. Hypothermia is any body temperature lower than 35.0 °C (95.0 °F). He or she starts shivering and cannot stop. The person then becomes confused and acts strange. Their words don't make sense. Soon he or she becomes very tired. If someone gets hypothermia, wrap the person in blankets and take him or her to the hospital. If that's impossible, warm up the person slowly.
Mild[change | edit source]
When hypothermia begins, a person starts shivering and can't stop. The person cannot do complicated things with his or her hands. The person might feel sick in his stomach and very tired, wanting to go to sleep, anywhere. Sometimes a person will feel suddenly warm, as if they are getting better, but this just means they are getting worse. They are also unable to touch their thumb with their little finger, because their muscles stop working. They might not be able to see things clearly.
Moderate (Middle)[change | edit source]
The person begins shivering even more. Their muscles obviously do not work. They move slowly and with difficulty, growing a little confused and walking . The person becomes pale, and lips, ears, fingers, and toes might become blue. This is because the body is trying to keep the most important organs warm.
Severe[change | edit source]
Body temperature drops even more, but the person usually stops shivering. They cannot talk clearly; they think slowly, and they cannot move their hands. Slowly, the skin that is to the cold air becomes blue and . They cannot walk, and start behaving strangely. Their pulse becomes slower, but the heart may beat faster. Finally, the person dies.
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