Upcoming Global Health Issues that the World can face in 2020
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Sure, we have said our goodbyes to the year 2019 and made a list of resolutions to follow in the year 2020. And while planning those goals, let me remind you to add some health-related goals as well, as there are some global health issues we could encounter.
As the previous year’s epidemics like Ebola, air pollution, climate change made us realize, to put our health as the top priority.
Good for you, if you have already done that but for people like me, just update your resolution list!
There is no better way to explain it than the old saying, “Prevention is better than Cure.” Preparing for health problems won’t cost much as compared to treating it. And, sorry to disappoint you but there are not going to be any tips in this blog.
But rather, the blog is a kind of reminder of the health issues the world has faced in the previous year and also to prepare you for the coming and current global health issues that we are gonna face in this new era of 2020.
Health Issues that have taken the world by Storm in 2019
Often by reading newspapers or watching the news, we somehow follow the global health trends and get the idea about the epidemic outbreaks around us. But, just having a look at it is not enough.
So, let’s take a closer look at the epidemic that the world has faced in 2019 and based on a report by CDC, these health issues are:
- Polio outbreak in Asian countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burma and China, etc.
- Dengue risk in Asian countries like Bangladesh, Singapore, Philippines, Sri Lanka, etc.
- Another Polio outbreak in African countries like Angola, Chad, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, etc.
- Chikungunya outbreak in Ethiopia.
- In November 2019, the capital of India, New Delhi, has reported pollution levels far exceeding to that of WHO recommended level.
By learning all these diseases outbreak, one important thing is, to know about the ongoing epidemics and get proper vaccination before travelling and in general as well.
Possible Health Dangers in the Year 2020
Every country in the world knows why is global health important. But, is it just enough to know about it? Or actually making efforts about it.
With the onset of a new decade, some of the diseases from the past year may make their way into this year as well.
Let’s find out about them:
There is no doubt that the poliovirus species type 2 and type 3 are declared eradicated. But, even after the planning of polio campaigns and many more efforts from the government organisations, the type 1 polio is still affecting many lives in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In the past year 2019, the number of kids who were paralysed by the type 1 poliovirus was three times higher than in 2018.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne flaviviral infection that is endemic in the tropics and subtropics, with an estimated 390 million infections each year. In recent decades, the incidence of fever has grown dramatically around the globe.
Not only the number of cases are increasing as the disease spreads to new areas like Europe, but also explosive outbreaks are happening too.
After a drop in the number of cases in 2017-18, the year 2019 has shown a sharp increase in dengue cases.
With the increase cases, the fever can pave its way into this year too. But, various attempts have been made to make sure that the disease can be reduced drastically.
Prevention for dengue is to keep your surroundings clean, eliminate standing water and stay protected using Mosquito repellents.
There will be many of you who actually think that health dangers are only about diseases, So let me tell you that right now, the biggest danger to our health is Pollution.
The year 2019 has seen some of the highest pollution levels in history. According to a study by IQAir AirVisual and Greenpeace, among the list of top 10 most polluted cities on earth, 7 of them are of India.
According to WHO, inhaling polluted air causes the microscopic particles to enter the lungs and from there they enter the bloodstream, causing health issues like cancers, heart problems, asthma, stunted children’s growth and development.
Staying protected from pollution is the need of the hour. And wearing Anti-pollution masks when leaving the house, can definitely make you stay protected from the harmful effects of pollution.
With all this information, use it to your benefit and make others also aware of it. And follow the motto “It’s better to be prepared than sorry.” Feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions with us, by writing in the comment section below.