Health Problems in Ohio

Ohio has had its own share of health problems just like any other city in the world of which one of these health problems is the pandemic occurrence of influenza within the state. Influenza is an airborne, viral disease which affects the respiratory system. The rapid spread of the disease has come to the notice of the World Health Organization. The rapid spread of the disease is usually caused by the transmission of particles when an infected person sneezes and this will immediately cause the person who inhales the particles to develop the symptoms of the disease.

This has caused a huge strain on the work force of the state as anyone who becomes infected is usually bedridden for 1-2 weeks before full recovery can be attain. This in itself is not dangerous to the economy but due to the number of people who are infected at the same time this has caused a significant reduction in the productivity of the work force. Another health problem is that effects of the 1918 influenza pandemic (Census indicate that cohorts in utero during the pandemic displayed reduced educational attainment, increased rates of physical disability, lower income, lower socioeconomic

status, and higher transfer payments compared with other birth cohorts, {Is the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Over? Long Term Effects of In Utero Influenza Exposure in the Post? 1940 U. S. Population}) Sources have also brought counter opinions stating that a large percentage of infected people are mostly children and the elderly and so the labor force is affected only minimally by the pandemic situation. I still stand on my point that the pandemic has hurt our productivity because any reduction in labor force is a large gaping hole in productivity even if it is very little.

I propose that we set up a committee of medical professionals who will move around educating our people on how to conduct themselves when they are plagued with the ailment to prevent transmission and those who are not infected should also be educated on how to prevent themselves from being infected. On a final note I would like to urge you to see this problem as a serious one and take it as such so as to fully eradicate this ailment from our fine city. Thank you for your time. References Douglas Almond. (Is the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Over? Long Term Effects of In Utero Influenza Exposure in the Post? 1940 U. S. Population) {August 2006}

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