Students’ perceived heat-health symptoms increased with warmer classroom temperatures

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dc.contributor.author Bidassey-Manilal, Shalin
dc.contributor.author Wright, C.Y. (Caradee)
dc.contributor.author Engelbrecht, Jacobus C.
dc.contributor.author Albers, P.N. (Patricia Nicole)
dc.contributor.author Garland, Rebecca M.
dc.contributor.author Matooane, Mamopeli
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-07T06:41:57Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-07T06:41:57Z
dc.date.issued 2016-06-07
dc.description.abstract Temperatures in Africa are expected to increase by the end of the century. Heat-related health impacts and perceived health symptoms are potentially a problem, especially in public schools with limited resources. Students (n = 252) aged ~14–18 years from eight high schools completed an hourly heat-health symptom log over 5 days. Data loggers measured indoor classroom temperatures. A high proportion of students felt tired (97.2%), had low concentration (96.8%) and felt sleepy (94.1%) during at least one hour on any day. There were statistically significant correlations, when controlling for school cluster effect and time of day, between indoor temperatures ¥32 C and students who felt tired and found it hard to breathe. Consistently higher indoor classroom temperatures were observed in classrooms constructed of prefabricated asbestos sheeting with corrugated iron roof and converted shipping container compared to brick classrooms. Longitudinal studies in multiple seasons and different classroom building types are needed. en_ZA
dc.description.department Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation (NRF) Thuthuka fund, a Parliamentary Grant from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Bidassey-Manilal, S, Wright, CY, Engelbrecht, JC, Albers, PN, Garland, RM & Matooane, M 2016, 'Students’ perceived heat-health symptoms increased with warmer classroom temperatures', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 13, no. 6, art. #566, pp. 1-20. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1660-4601
dc.identifier.other 10.3390/ijerph13060566
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/53981
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher MDPI Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. en_ZA
dc.subject Temperature en_ZA
dc.subject Health en_ZA
dc.subject School en_ZA
dc.subject Climate change en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title Students’ perceived heat-health symptoms increased with warmer classroom temperatures en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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