Earthquakes have caused the deaths of thousands of people and destroyed infrastructure in Haiti. But environmental changes and a decline in certain aspects of the chemical industry could have been more consequential, according to an expert advisory published Sunday.
A disaster of “near-Earth-level” proportions killed at least 180,000 people and led to the evacuation of nearly 1 million, but the casualties could have been even higher, according to a report published by some of the world’s most respected ecologists.
The COVID-19 virus affects humans exclusively and can produce symptoms similar to HIV, including liver toxicity, swelling of the pancreas and stomach pain.
Dr. David Nolan of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, the co-author of the report, said he was particularly concerned about the effects of global warming.
A change in global ocean temperatures is contributing to an increasing pressure on coastal ecosystems and ecosystems located around the poles, the report noted.
“In Chile, the areas of critically endangered species include the rare caribou, which (together with polar bears) are casualties of the global temperature-related melting of the ice sheets. Without careful management, these iconic species will be lost,” the report warned.
The COVID-19 virus, which is transferred by dehydration and hypothermia, spreads by inhaling airborne particles and is considered less virulent than dengue fever or chikungunya.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received reports of 60 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States from 1959 to 1971, but there were no deaths related to this infection.
On Friday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a $12 million contract with Boeing to purchase an emergency response emergency medical response system to help handle infectious disease outbreaks.