An Early Spring May Be Bad for Health
Much of the U.S. has been experiencing unseasonably warm weather for the past few weeks. In fact, in some areas, rising temperatures are three weeks or more ahead of schedule. Globally, 2016 was the hottest year on record—for the third consecutive year.
So what do higher-than-normal temperatures and an early spring mean for health and wellness? While spring-like weather might mean better moods for people who don't like the cold and those who enjoy getting outside, it does come with some drawbacks—and ramifications.
Warmer temperatures mean a longer allergy season for many who suffer from seasonal allergies. Changes in climate also may increase the spread of diseases transmitted by insects and ticks, including Zika virus, eastern equine encephalitis, Lyme disease, and others. An early spring also may increase flooding risk from a combination of melting winter snow and rain—which can then increase the risk for waterborne diseases.
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