“Extreme weather and rising temperatures have changed our ecosystems and displaced people from their homes, often forcing humans to infringe on natural habitats and animals to move to more hospitable conditions,” Barbosa said, adding that this has led to an increase in diseases like Zika and Chagas.
“And dengue, which typically follows a seasonal pattern, is being detected outside of its normal cycle as temperatures have warmed and as wet seasons have prolonged,” él dijo.
A principios de este mes, the World Health Organization called for governments and policymakers a “act with urgency” on the climate and health crises
. The report described climate change as the
“single biggest health threat facing humanity
,” and outlined
10 recommended climate and health actions
That report followed the agency’s new air quality guidelines
, released in September
, which it said could prevent millions of deaths globally each year
. Fine particulate matter
, or PM
2.5, is the tiniest pollutant yet also among the most dangerous
. When inhaled
, it travels deep into lung tissue where it can enter the bloodstream and can contribute to asthma
, cardiovascular disease and other respiratory illnesses
Those guidelines also support recent research that found air pollution is most likely a contributing factor to health burden caused by Covid-19.
Barbosa gave an overview of Covid-19 in the Americas saying over the last week the region reported 800,000 new Covid-19 infections and 18,000 fallecidos — the lowest figures in over a year.
“We have reason to be optimistic, but we must remain vigilant,” él dijo.
Belize is reporting a sharp increase in Covid-19-related deaths, and Paraguay’s Covid-19 cases doubled in the last week, according to Barbosa. In the Caribbean, larger islands like Cuba are seeing a downward trend but smaller islands like Saint Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, Anguilla and Saint Vincent and the Grenadine are just now reaching their first pandemic peaks, él dijo.
Hoy dia, él dijo, por poco 44% of people in Latin America and the Caribbean are fully vaccinated — but in Guatemala, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Haiti — menos que 20% of people have been fully vaccinated, Barbosa said.