Bundling up when it’s cold: UHC doc offers advice on how much is too much

As region prepares for another snowstorm. Carnevale offers tips on how to stay warm — and healthy

Much of New Jersey is expected to get another round of snow Thursday night and into Friday. That means much of New Jersey will bundle up.

It’s not as simple as it sounds.

Dr. Greg Carnevale, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare of New Jersey, said finding the right amount of layers is key to not just keeping warm, but staying healthy.

Dr. Greg Carnevale. (LinkedIn)

“New Jersey residents need to make sure they layer up with inner layers of fabric that will serve as insulation as well as an outer layer that is tightly woven and, ideally, water-resistant,” he said.

Carnevale said it’s important to remain dry — and that includes remaining dry from perspiration.

“People should try to stay as dry as possible, making sure to remove extra layers of clothing if they feel too warm to prevent excess sweating,” he said.

The key, he said, is to listen to your body.

“It’s crucial to be mindful of shivering, since this is a sign that the body is losing heat,” he said.

Carnevale said individuals need to be concerned about how their homes are coping with the weather, too.

“New Jersey residents can prepare their homes for the winter weather by ensuring gutters are clean, repairing roof leaks and ensuring heating systems are inspected and clean,” he said. “In case of a weather emergency, it’s always helpful to have an emergency food and water supply, be up-to-date with prescription medications and have a well-stocked first-aid kit.

“Most importantly, residents should ensure they install a working CO detector in every level of your home to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. This is crucial since, when power outages occur during emergencies like winter storms, the use of alternative sources of fuel or electricity for heating, cooling, or cooking can cause CO to build up in a home, garage or camper and poison the people and animals inside.”