COVID Shows Health Systems Can’t Handle Climate Crisis

December 3, 2020
At an estimated 31,000 deaths, India was right behind China which had an estimated 62,000 deaths, as per the 2020 report of The Lancet Countdown
is how the The Lancet report has termed its latest findings, as observed since the inception of its Countdown series in 2016
equivalent to billions of working hours; increasing intensity of wildfires, heatwaves and droughts; and rapid transmission of diseases such as dengue and gastrointestinal infections as potential dangers
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that a global health crisis can bring entire countries to a standstill and without urgent action, climate change too can cause similar damage to lives and livelihoods, the report says
climate change can overwhelm healthcare systems across the world
says Ian Hamilton, executive director, Lancet Countdown
Without urgent actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, its health impacts are set to worsen, potentially overwhelming facilities