Cold weather and loneliness ‘lethal in winter’

The combination of cold weather and loneliness could be lethal in the coming months, England’s most senior nurse is warning.

Prof Jane Cummings, NHS England’s chief nursing officer, said cases of strokes and heart attacks tended to rise after a cold snap.

She said that, and the growing problem of loneliness, were a dangerous combination over winter.

She said “simple acts of companionship” could make all the difference.

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