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COVID-19 & Climate Change by City Tech Blogger Jan Adamez

             

Pandemics and climatic change could be related in one way or another. The Covid-19 pandemic has become severe and coupled with global droughts and flooding have seen terrible impacts on people, animals, and plants. Climate change and the effects of Covid-19 seem to be intertwined and related.

Although there is no evidence supporting a direct relationship between climatic change and Covid-19, it is evident that climatic change alters the way individuals relate to one another and to the rest of the species. Notably, this change matters when it comes to people’s health and risks associated with infections. When the earth starts heating up, people and animals on both land and sea are forced to relocate away from the heat. As animals migrate, they come in contact with people, giving pathogens an opportunity for new hosts (Newell and Dale 2). This presents the most active way of spreading Covid-19. The spread was high because more people were in contact with infected people.

Global pandemics and global climate impact each other. An increase in rain and cold air can cause the aggravation of some diseases. For example, Covid-19 had symptoms of severe pneumonia, which is aggravated by cold weather. If the weather is so cold, that means that Covid-19 patients had to stay indoors and stay warm. An increase in cold weather also led to an increase in pandemic conditions. A change in climatic conditions, excessive sun for instance, has lead to the burning of crops, drying water sources, and destruction of other significant life. The drying of water sources and rivers has caused the deaths of animals and people, especially nomads. Countries who have declared severe drought conditions as global pandemics have sought help from other nations and other world organizations. Through such making, there is evidence that global climate change causes a change in a worldwide pandemics.

Some might ask, “does destroying forests invite pandemics and worsen the climate crisis?”. The answer is yes. Destroying forests invites pandemics. Deforestation, which happens for agricultural purposes, leads to the loss of habitats of different animals. This loss of habitats forces animals to move and possibly contact other related species of animals and people (Newell and Dale 3). The contact is what leads to an outbreak of the diseases because contact increases the possibility of germs.  Some of the conditions that get transmitted from animals to humans include coccidioidomycosis (which is valley fever), there is histoplasmosis (referred to as Histoplasma capsulatum), and blastomycosis (Harvard). Large livestock movements turn out to become sources of these diseases that even turn out as pandemics. Similarly, deforestation leads to dry land as the trees that act as water catchment zones are eliminated.

Covid-19 is a killer disease and many countries were forced to institute lockdowns and spent limited resources to treat people. Some of the limited resources included funding, lack of adequate hospitals, doctors, and health care workers. Countries requested funding from health organizations like WHO. There is pressure from the changes in climate as the world is getting warmer, which has caused ice melting, leading to sea level rise. The increased temperatures have also warmed the land leading to crop destruction from excessive sun. The other effects include a fall in the economy. Covid-19 forced people to stay indoors and keep socially distanced to avoid the spread. Staying indoors made people not work, and the few individuals that were working did that online. When people do not work impacts that country’s economy, which can depreciate and fail. A change in the climate also led to the destruction of crops indicating that the country would face hunger and malnutrition and the country would have to spend funds on importing food products.

In summary, both Covid-19 and other pandemics are related to climate change in one way or another. Cold weather leads to pneumonia which is a severe symptom of Covid-19. Increased global warming has affected farm lands and has caused people to move to other regions. Through migration, affected people spread these communicable diseases.

Sources

Harvard. “Coronavirus and Climate Change.” 2021. <https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/c-change/subtopics/coronavirus-and-climate-change/>.

Newell, Robert, and Ann Dale. “COVID-19 and climate change: an integrated perspective.” Cities & Health (2020): 1-5.

Image: https://www.downtoearth.org.in/cartoon/simply-put-coronavirus-vs-climate-change-69803

 

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