Calls for DST DUTY of Daylight Saving Time as It Causes ‘Heart Attacks and Car Accidents’
- Health workers have called for daylight saving time to be scrapped
- An Australian professor said more heart attacks were reported after the switch
- He also said more road and car accidents happen after the clocks are turned forward
- Professor Paul Zimmet said health problems can increase during the coronavirus
Health workers have called for daylight saving time to be scrapped because of its impact on safety and well-being.
An Australian professor has warned that turning the clock forward half a year can lead to serious health risks that can increase during the coronavirus.
Paul Zimmet, a professor of diabetes at Monash University, said daylight saving time is a ‘big scientific debate’ with worrisome health consequences, 3AW reported.
Australian health workers have called for daylight saving time to be dropped after warning that turning the clock forward will increase heart attacks (image from file)
Paul Zimmet, a professor of diabetes at Monash University, said there are more car and traffic accidents (car crash in Sydney in photo) after the switch to daylight saving time.
“In terms of the scientific evidence that we want to hold on to at the moment, there are more heart attacks just after DST,” said Prof. Zimmet.
‘More traffic accidents and then you have work accidents, car accidents and their consequences.’
He explained that the shift in time also had an impact on bodily functions.
“There is also cognitive dysfunction with regard to DST and the change in timing to our normal body rhythms,” said Prof. Zimmet.
He urged the Victorian health department to consider the pressures that the health system and economy had already taken from the coronavirus pandemic.
The professor suggested abolishing daylight saving time to avoid further danger to Australians.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews swept off the possibility of canceling DST after being asked about the proposal during his briefing on the coronavirus on Wednesday.
The professor warned that DST also led to more workplace accidents (construction site in Sydney pictured) causing both economic and physical damage
‘I don’t want to be disrespectful to the professor, who may be a very learned person. No. Daylight saving time continues, ”said Mr. Andrews.
Melbourne relaxed draconian restrictions on the coronavirus on Monday with outdoor training extended to two hours and curfews from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“That’s why the curfew changes, that extra hour is really important, well before daylight saving time,” Andrews explained.
People can go out and enjoy the city, enjoy the state, enjoy being back to work, and get a sense of self-confidence as they enter 2021.
“This is going to be a summer like no other and, I can confirm, will be a hallmark of it,” he said.
Victoria registered 42 new cases of the coronavirus and eight deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state toll to 737 and the national figure to 824.
Residents of NSW, Victoria, the ACT, South Australia and Tasmania set their clocks one hour ahead on October 4 at 2am.
The DST debate escalated last year when the European Parliament voted to scrap the measure from 2021.
Countries in the EU will choose to stay in ‘permanent summer’ or ‘permanent winter’ in March next year.
Professor Zimmet (photo) proposed to abolish daylight saving time during the coronavirus pandemic to avoid further burdens on healthcare