DR-07 Protective Winter Clothing

by Yue Li, Jennifer Hsu and Geoff Fernie


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Abstract: Winter is associated with increased mortality rates of about 30% above those experienced the rest of the year. Proper outdoor clothing, together with adequate indoor heating, can prevent much of the excess winter mortality. Therefore, it is important to provide public health advisors with more robust evidence on the benefits of increased outdoor clothing for reducing excess winter mortality. In establishing guidelines for universally designed winter clothing, we need to identify populations with specific requirements and to ensure that the thermal protection property and usability of the winter clothing will satisfy their needs.

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Yue Li, Jennifer Hsu and Geoff Fernie