Report24 tries to ask questions as often as possible in order to talk to people, offices and ministries – and not just about them, as is usual in the mainstream. When we asked the city of Nuremberg how many people died in the sweltering heat, we received a very long, friendly reply. The city assumes that there were no deaths from the heat last weekend.
On behalf of the city of Nuremberg, an environmental and tropical doctor answered us, whose name we do not want to publish. Who does not know the history, the city published in a press release “Danger to life” from 30 degrees. Report24 reported – and anyone who has seen the weekly commentary by the great Wegscheider on Servus TV will probably have been made aware of the facts in the usual humorous way.
Corona, monkeypox and summer heat
The city of Nuremberg’s website is all about the big issues of our time: Corona with a call for vaccination, monkeypox and the summer heat. The press release, which caused a stir at least in the whole German-speaking area, You will find here or here in the context of the website of the health department. In its alarmist choice of words, it follows the climate agenda quite exactly – you can rely on Nuremberg on this point.
Do you study that City heat folder, but one realizes that there are also some bright minds at work. Because the reason for the lamented temperature difference between town and country is often the sealed soil and the endless expanses of concrete and asphalt. In Nuremberg, for example, there is a greening initiative and it is pointed out that greening in the city cools down. Go then! Elsewhere you only read that you have to pay CO2 fees – whether it gets cooler is doubtful.
But back to the panic message. In Nuremberg, the blame is mainly placed on the media, which simply run a lurid headline without consulting the responsible press spokesman. The following is the city’s response in full:
The city of Nuremberg’s answer to the question about statistics on heat deaths last weekend
Thank you for your request. As a journalist, you are probably familiar with the fact that the author of an article does not determine the headline, and that press releases are sometimes shortened in such a way that the original content comes across as distorted.
In our press release of June 13, 2022 we wrote:
“The health department points out that temperatures that endanger health are expected to be reached as early as this week. Even at 26°C, the body reacts with increased sweating and circulatory disorders. This mainly affects the elderly, the sick and children. If the heat warning value of the German weather service is reached (several days over 32°C) there can be an acute danger to life. It is forecast to reach over 30°C in the middle of this week.”
It can be life-threatening if you don’t adapt your behavior and you belong to the particularly vulnerable groups. Their list is of course incomplete. The intention is not only to avoid deaths, but to protect health.
Incidentally, it may also be interesting for you that the DWD for Nuremberg has not issued any heat warning at all, because the calculated values of a “perceived temperature” are based on those at the airport. It is well known that in the presence of grass and trees, the measured temperature is lower than in the city. At the Jakobsmarkt, for example, there was already from 14.06. daily temperatures above 34°C, sometimes up to 38°, but unfortunately the DWD is not interested in that.
I’m assuming there weren’t any heat deaths this weekend if people have tried their best to cool off and they’ve had enough to drink. But there is no classification in this regard – the cause of death is usually established regardless of the circumstances. But I would appreciate if there were figures on this. As a former family doctor, it was particularly important to me that the medication, which also had to be adjusted, was discussed in good time.
By the way, there was a much more balanced article yesterday in the NN on page 8. Maybe he will reconcile you with us as the warning health department. I spoke to the editor for almost 30 minutes, who also questioned other competent people.