Saturday, January 2, 2021

With Mardi Gras cancelled, Doctors fear a surge in dehydration related deaths with thousands left without any cups.


Residents on the Gulf Coast may be in big trouble come Mardi Gras Season this year as parades continue to cancel as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The parades are generally a crucial means for survival for residents spanning the coast, as they depend on the plastic novelty cups to hold vital liquids for the rest of the year. With the summers breaking heat records each consecutive year, drinking throughout the day is increasingly important. Doctors in the area fear without the 2021 Mardi Gras cups, thousands will simply do without drinking this summer. Of course the population also owns cups made from crystal, glass, and other materials, but without any special gatherings planned, they may never opt to use those "fancy" glasses and just dehydrate slowly instead. Fairhope, Alabama Mayor Sullivan has set up special emergency booths around the city where volunteers will hand out recycled cups from past Mardi Gras with a limit of 5 per family for now. 

 

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