Our planet is now altered due to climate change. And it’s not just the planet that’s affected by climate change; the creatures that live in it are affected, too, and that includes us. This is what ENT physician Neelu Tummala noticed on her patients.
I vividly remember a patient who came in late for her appointment during a July heat wave. When I walked in, she said, “I’m so sorry I’m late, I was up all night walking my grandbaby around the train station.” Without air conditioning at home, the child was sweating through her clothes in the heat of the night, putting her at risk for dehydration.
Heat affects every part of our body. It can lead to heat exhaustion, heat stroke, anxiety, impaired cognitive function and even premature death from heart and lung disease. Across the country, the health concerns of the climate crisis are increasingly being recognized, pushing thousands of medical providers—doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, medical students—to become advocates for change.
Tummala believes that this current climate crisis that we’re dealing with will soon lead to a public health crisis, and the poor will be the ones to suffer the most.
More details about this over at Scientific American.
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