Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-12-03 11:11:02 –
Boston. mass. — There are many Americans handling COVID-19 in clinics and patient waiting rooms across the country. But looking to the future, what many doctors are currently worried about is climate change.
Dr. Caleb Dresser is a Climate, Health, Climate and Human Health Fellow at Harvard TH Chan Public Health School. And now, for the first time in his career, he is beginning to incorporate climate change into his patient care.
“Climate change is a health emergency, which affects people in many different places in dramatic ways,” said Dr. Dresser.
Dr. Dresser is part of a promotion by the American Medical Association to teach medical students about the health risks associated with warming planets. This begins with the training of residents.
“This affects the health of all of us and the people we care about,” he said.
For the first time in his career, Dr. Dresser, who works in Boston, was treating people for heat stroke in October. Nationally, rising sea levels and droughts are increasing the number of mites and mosquitoes carrying disease.
“The dangers people are experiencing-extreme heat, floods, illnesses-these are the health threats needed to ensure that people survive and deal with them,” Dr. Dresser added.
To help patients deal with climate change-related health problems, Dr. Dresser often makes sure they are prepared. When someone leaves the emergency room, he often tells them about the environment in which they return.
“I spend a lot of time leaving the hospital with an emergency department patient,” Hey, it’s 95 degrees outside. It looks like you’re back in a part of the hot city. What’s your plan? ‘”