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Public health scares

Public health scares are reported by the media because for years they have sporadically taken thousands of lives.  Religious scripts dating back thousands of years inform us about plagues and mass infections. But in ancient times, media as we know it didn’t exist. Now we are connected and we can trust them ediato inform us about endemics and possible epidemics and pandemics. It is a good idea to research various medical aid plans as the following 21st century public health scares may affect your decision and should be taken seriously:

Ebola
Ebola, also known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, has claimed 11 310 lives mainly in West Africa between 2014 and 2016. However, other cases were reported in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Spain. The virus is spread via bodily fluids and the morality rate is 50%. Although the epidemic ended in June of 2016, we cannot predict whether it will make a reappearance – or if it will come back even fiercer!

Childhood obesity
In 2004, an astonishing 10% of children in western countries between the ages of 5 and 17 years were overweight and 2 to 3% were obese. Ten years later, in 2014, an estimate of one in five children was overweight or obese according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Diabetes
About135 million people worldwide were diagnosed with diabetes in 1995 and it is expected to rise to at least 300 million by 2025.Various factors influence the illness such as insulin resistance, obesity, physical activity and dietary factors. Diabetics have no other choice than to have a medical plan that offers hospitalisation cover as the illness can be severe, even fatal, if left untreated.

Why we need to take care of ourselves and our families
Endemics, epidemics and pandemics have been a part of human existence for ages. They are a biological phenomenon and unfortunately human technology can’t predict what will flare up next. Keeping your immune system and your body strong is a necessary precaution for a long and fulfilled life in uncertain times.