Heat affecting Pokémon Go players

Posted at 11:23 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 10:47:45-04

The hottest weather of the summer is gripping Omaha and will be for the next few days but not everyone is seeking air conditioning.

For some the Pokémon craze has become too hot for its own good.

CHI Heath reports 6-health related emergency room visits on Wednesday related to the app Pokémon Go.

But for some out there, they came to play prepared.

“I've got my bandana, helps keep the sweat away, helps keep me a little bit cooler,” said Joshua Malfoy.

Malfoy and a few friends came out Heartland of America Park prepared.

“Little pack with us as well with snacks and other things, to keep us hydrated, keep us going and coming out here to have some fun,” said Malfoy.

But for some, the heat was too much.

“There has to be time where you have to take care of yourself or something may happen to you,” said Doctor Adrian Dreessen.

Drinking plenty of fluids and taking breaks throughout the day to keep cool is Dreessen’s advice, “The thing I worry about the most about the Pokémon Go though is the sort of distractions that somebody has because it's literally honed into a phone and not paying attention to their surroundings.”

Dreessen said if someone is so into the game, they might not know some of the warning signs of heat exhaustion, “You're so focused on something going on and I think you have to be aware where if you get lighted, dizzy, faint that you have to change that and make sure you are hydrated.”

But for Malfoy, he said he’s prepared to play the game well into the night.

“Honestly, I would say 'oh we are going to stay out here for a couple of hours' we are not obsessed but no, realistically we are going to be here well after it gets dark most likely.”