Following the deaths of 2 Pinays the previous week, another Pinay died in Hong Kong due to heat-related causes.
According to SUN HK, 60-year-old Marissa Danao was found dead on July 28, 2018. The day before, she was reportedly complaining about the heat after coming from work and went directly to her bed to take a rest. She was found dead the next day.
The officials at the Consulate shared that Danao was suffering from a thyroid problem which might have triggered her death. However, the real cause of her death cannot be established until the autopsy report is released within the next months.
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Her remains will be repatriated to the Philippines on August 9 following the funeral service held last August 5 which was attended by her relatives and closest friends.
Danao who hailed from Pasig City is divorced from her husband. They had one child.
With the rising number of heat-related deaths, OFWs are then reminded to drink plenty of water everyday to avoid dehydration, wear loose, comfortable clothes, stay in cool places and to watch their health especially those with heart disease and hypertension.
On the other hand, Hong Kong’s Center for Health continuously posts reminders to residents on preventing heat stroke and sunburn to quote:
1) Wear loose and light-coloured clothing to reduce heat absorption and facilitate sweat evaporation and heat dissipation;
2) Avoid vigorous exercise and prolonged activities like hiking or trekking as heat, sweating and exhaustion place additional demands on the physique;
3) Perform outdoor activities in the morning or late afternoon;
4) For indoor activities, open all windows, use a fan or use air-conditioning to maintain good ventilation; and
5) Reschedule work to cooler times of the day.