Hurricane Ian Impact: The Unexpected Health Effect

Michael Rubino was featured in an article at Healthline to discuss the effect hurricanes can have on homes and health.

  • Hurricane Ian hit Florida this week, reaching Category 4 status.
  • Aside from structural damage, the aftermath can bring about multiple health concerns.
  • Physical well-being can be impacted by infections, pollutants, and unsafe buildings.
  • Stress and anxiety may lead to mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

No stranger to storms, Florida doesn’t always live up to its Sunshine State moniker. This week, the region faced one of its biggest natural disasters in decades: Hurricane Ian.

Before hitting Florida, the Category 3 hurricane caused wide-scale destruction in Cuba. As the storm headed towards the U.S., it picked up pace and was upgraded to a Category 4 classification within days.

This is the second-highest level possible — whereby winds up to 156 mph or more cause ‘catastrophic damage’, according to the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.

After a Category 4 hurricane the scale states that, ‘most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.’

Experts warn significant and varying health concerns will also arise in the wake of a hurricane’s devastation.

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