Be careful with UV rays in the summer

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March, April and May are the hottest months in Myanmar. During this time, the country experiences a high ultraviolet (UV) index and unfavourable weather conditions for a period of three months, until the rainy season in mid-June.
UV indexes between 10 and 11 can be harmful and pose health risks. A UV Index reading between 8 to 10 means there is a very high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Take extra precautions because unprotected skin and eyes will be damaged and can burn quickly.
Experts suggest liberal use of sunscreen, sunglasses and protective clothing. People should also avoid direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. by seeking shade and wearing headwear and long-sleeved clothing at all times.
We would like to urge those revelers who enjoy the Thingyan water festival, which coincides with the hottest weather in mid-April, to pay heed to the advice of experts to use sunblock and apply it every four hours.
People are also urged to avoid working in the sun. Experts urge residents to remember that clothing and cover is essential to shade yourself from the sun.
Experts say “thanaka”, the ancient traditional cosmetic paste made from the bark of the “thanaka” tree can also be used, as it can act as a barrier from the sun, absorb oil and cool the skin.
The country sees an increase in sun-related skin conditions and other heat-related health problems in the summer as temperatures rise.
At high levels, UV radiation can damage the skin and eyes over time. Worldwide, some 12 to 15 million people become blind annually from cataracts, of which up to 20 per cent may be caused or exacerbated by exposure to the sun, according to the WHO.
Most parts of Myanmar have seen summertime UV readings that reach dangerous levels.
Remember, summer in Myanmar, which lasts from March to May, is now entering its hottest weeks.
People are urged not to forget that UV levels of 3 or above can damage your skin, even if you do not become burnt.
Please pay attention to our advice and wear proper hats, long sleeves and use sunscreen, and stay in the shade at those times when UV ratings are high.

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