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Dangerously Cold Weather Could Cause Serious Injury, Death

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - If you can stay inside you're urged to do so, but for those who have no choice but to confront this cold, whether you're a first responder, a construction worker, or even homeless, doctors say you're at high risk tonight.

You begin losing body heat just minutes after being out in cold weather. Doctors say when it's this dangerously cold, being outside for more than half an hour can cause health problems. First you begin to lose feeling in your fingers and toes. You run the risk of frostbite. The limbs appear white or pale. If it's more severe, you could come down with hypothermia. Signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If you think you or someone you know may be suffering from any of these conditions, there are things you can do while you're waiting for help to arrive.

The cold weather keeps blood from circulating in your body. In some cases, doctors have had to amputate due to frostbite or hypothermia.

Right now it's so cold outside in just a matter of minutes it becomes painful. Doctors are asking you to use your common sense while we're dealing with these dangerously cold temperatures. Stay inside if you can. If you do have to be out, dress in layers. Take plenty of breaks and make sure you're equipped with supplies to keep yourself warm.

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