September 12, 2017
Linda Landesman, a visiting lecturer in the MPH in Public Health Practice program, is warning people against the dangers of contamination after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Landesman, a former principal investigator for the first national curriculum on public health management of disasters, warns victims that bacteria can spread easier than you may think.
The Huffington Post piece sheds light on the problems in affected regions beyond flooding. As people slowly return to their neighborhoods to face their damaged homes, they also face a lack of medical care, mold-related illness, the spread of disease, infection and more. The uncertainty associated with the aftereffects of a natural disaster also takes an all-consuming physiological toll on a person as well.
For a full scope of what hurricane victims are facing in the aftermath, read the full article here.