Climate Change Could Make Future Pandemics Worse
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Business Insider Reports: How climate change could make infectious diseases even more difficult to combat in the future
While COVID-19 has spread across the globe, impacting millions, this might not be the last pandemic we deal with in our lifetimes. Future pandemics may even be made worse because of climate change, according to the World Health Organization.
Researchers fear that as temperatures continue to rise, infectious-disease carrying animals could adapt to more widespread climates, pathogens could become stronger at surviving in hotter temperatures, and the human immune system could face greater difficulty in battling illness.
While COVID-19 has not been linked to climate change, here is how future infectious diseases might be impacted by warming temperatures. First, diseases can be spread in multiple ways:
An illustration showing an example of human-to-human disease transmission. World Health Organization
As global warming continues, this could create more rain, natural disasters, and an increase in environments where diseases easily spread.
Researchers fear that as the planet warms, mosquitoes will be able to breed more rapidly and spread disease in typically cooler areas of the world that have otherwise remained unaffected by the pests.
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