The Long-Time Period Health Effects Of Storm Harvey

PhotoBut large floods and other natural disasters have longer-term physical and mental health consequences we’re less attuned to.
Recommendations include public education about health effects and precautions, and improved surveillance programs to detect diseases or complications that usually increase after a disaster.
They also include monitoring communities for mental health problems, then providing the services needed to care for them, and paying special attention to pregnant women.
Many studies document a surge in mental health diagnoses in populations that experience floods.
In a post-Katrina assessment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that though a quarter of respondents lived with someone who needed mental health counseling, fewer than 2 percent received it.

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