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Historic heat is forcing people to stay indoors or find relief, and experts say that the impact of shade cannot be overstated.

Dr. Meeta Shah said staying out of the sun is critical on days like this.

“The more you’re out in the actual direct sunlight, we’re talking about higher temperatures, you’re also talking about skin exposure,” said Dr. Meeta Shah, an ER Physician at RUSH. “So then you’re piling on the risk of sunburn, for example. “