Climate Change: With increasing frequencies in extreme weather events, hotter temperatures, and rising water levels, strange illness, there is no doubt that we`re already living in troublesome times.
The climate crisis is here and its impacts are felt by both humans and nature alike.
The problem however, is that the world is now facing a pandemic it has never experienced in recent times. But then again, is there a link between this pandemic and climate change? What does the world Health Organization say about it?
Is there a link between Covid-19 and climate change?
The World Health Organization noted that there is no evidence of a direct connection between climate change and the emergence or transmission of COVID-19 disease. As the disease is now well established in the human population, efforts should focus on reducing transmission and treating people.
However, climate change may indirectly affect the response to COVID-19. It undermines environmental determinants of health, and places additional stress on health care systems.
More generally, most emerging infectious diseases, and almost all recent pandemics, originate in wildlife. There is evidence that increasing human pressure on the natural environment may drive disease emergence.
Strengthening health systems, improved surveillance of infectious disease in wildlife, livestock and humans, and greater protection of biodiversity and the natural environment, should reduce the risks of future outbreaks of other new diseases.
Growing urgency around climate change concerns
While concerns about excess greenhouse gases and global warming have been around for decades, new reports have raised doubts about whether most countries are doing enough to combat those impacts. Especially now that the coronavirus pandemic is ravaging the world. Scientists from NASA say the last five years were the warmest in recorded history.
This therefore strongly makes it more urgent to address climate change. To protect the survival of animal species, the lake, oceans, the food supply, and public health, among other things.
Governments for example Uganda might have made the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic a priority but this doesn’t mean climate change has suddenly stopped affecting the world.
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