State health officials confirmed two more cold weather-related deaths in Maryland over the past week, bringing the death toll to four in Maryland so far this winter.
Hypothermia occurs when body temperature drops below 95 degrees, too low for normal body functioning. The illness is most common in elderly people with inadequate food, clothing, or heating, babies sleeping in cold bedrooms, people who remain outdoors for long periods and people who drink alcohol or use illicit drugs, according to the
Warning signs in adults include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. Infants with hypothermia typically have bright red, cold skin and/or very low energy, according to CDC.