Zika Virus May Only Be The Start: Climate Change & Your Health


With the spread of the Zika virus and other insect-borne diseases causing global concern, the effect of climate change on public health is becoming a priority issue. According to the American College of Physicians (ACP) in a new policy paper, climate change will have devastating consequences for public and individual health unless aggressive, global action is taken now to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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“We need to take action now to protect the health of our community’s most vulnerable members — including our children, our seniors, people with chronic illnesses, and the poor — because our climate is already changing and people are already being harmed,” said American College of Physicians President Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP in a recent press release.

In a video interview with BlackDoctor.org, Dr. Riley shared that the effects of climate on a person’s health are significant. “You can think about respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD. You can also think of allergic reactions that we all have to tree pollen, mold, fungi,” explained Dr. Riley. These are made worse by and directly tied to, experts believe, the rising temperature of our climate.