While some may think the effects of climate change are far off, organizations like the CDC and WHO warn that our changing environment has increasing impact on our health. Here we look at how climate change affects your health.
How Does Climate Change Affect Humans?
Climate change brings with it air pollution, floods, extreme temperatures, wildfires, and other natural disasters. More and more, we are seeing more unpredictable weather patterns, even in Washington DC.
Increased ozone gases contribute to air pollution, causing respiratory illness in the vulnerable. Those with asthma or other lung conditions experience more severe symptoms.
Wildfires and extreme temperatures contribute to air pollution and other environmental issues that impact health.
What Are the Risks of Climate Change Events?
In 2018 and 2019, Washington DC saw higher than average temperatures and rainfall totals. Aside from the risk of drowning and exposure, these adverse weather events also cause a host of other health issues.
In its aftermath, a flood can leave behind ideal conditions for mold growth. Mold can cause a host of health issues such as upper respiratory infections and other more serious lung infections like pneumonia and RSV.
Climate change also presents the risk of creating more opportunities for humans to contract disease from vectors like ticks and mosquitoes. These pests are responsible for the transmission of Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other dangerous illnesses.
Treatment for chronic illnesses can be complicated. Luckily, Dr. Rashbaum and staff are experienced with treating complex chronic conditions.
Does Climate Change Affect Mental Health?
Clearly, those who live through a natural disaster experience trauma-related stress. This is especially true for those who are injured or become displaced.
Another way how climate change affects your health is the stress it can cause. People experience climate related stress even if they have not been personal affected.
Those experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression due to fears about climate change should make an appointment with their primary care provider to determine an appropriate treatment plan.
How Climate Change Affects Your Health
For answers about the effects of climate change on your health, call (202) 822-6311 or make an appointment with Capital Medical Associates. Dr. Rashbaum and staff will address your health concerns with attentive and thorough care.