Will the coronavirus pandemic fuel the spread of hepatitis?
Could the coronavirus pandemic fuel the global spread of hepatitis? Every year, more than 1 million people die from liver cancer and cirrhosis, which are caused by viral hepatitis. The numbers are staggering for a disease for which vaccines and a treatment is now available. The World Health Organization wants to eliminate hepatitis by 2030, but some experts are now asking whether the Covid-19 pandemic could derail that goal. There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. All hepatitis pathogens, except for C, are preventable through vaccination. According to the WHO, millions of sufferers are unaware of the disease, which slowly creeps up on them with an inflammation of the liver they are unaware of. The lack of testing also means many cases are discovered too late. A and E spread through poor food hygiene, dirty water and lack of sanitation. The rest - B, C and D - are all spread via blood, semen and other bodily fluids.
According to the National Restaurant Association, nearly three million U.S. restaurant workers remain out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many people in the industry shared their concerns. As the world focuses attention on the coronavirus pandemic, experts are warning of a more dangerous threat: climate change.
Our world continues to heat up faster than predicted.
Small island nations are bearing the brunt.
In a special episode in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), we ask: can recovery from a global health crisis help heal our environment as well?
Presenter: Nick Clark
Simon Stiell - Minister of Climate Resilience and the Environment in Grenada
Brooke Takala - Secretary General, Marshall Islands Red Cross Society
Jagan Chapagain - Secretary General, IFRC The coronavirus pandemic presents serious challenges for election officials this fall. Dr. Larry Sabato, the director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, joined CBSN to discuss some of the issues. The coronavirus pandemic has forced shutdowns and event cancellations worldwide, and health experts worry a lack of social interactions could lead to lasting difficulties for many people. Psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Bober joins CBSN to discuss the impacts the pandemic is having on mental health.