Health implications from superstorm Sandy?
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in
- Duration 3:16
- Date Nov 11, 2012
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in
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Off thousands of people are still in shelters this morning two weeks after superstars Anthony and that is spurring fears of -- coming health crisis so what are the dangers let's turn to doctor Marc -- member of the Fox News medical eighteen could -- -- good morning Mike -- so let's just go through real quickly here.
I see -- rests on a lot of people's faces.
-- -- -- -- And that's number one whether you're in a shelter or the you just had problems -- losing your bus service losing your train service -- millions of had this problem loss of power.
Any time Mike you're out of your basic routines of life.
You end up having higher risks of disease is higher risks of stress after Katrina up to 35% of people in the area ended up with a mental health problem.
Depression or post traumatic stress when you get anxious you can sleep.
That's number one on the list in terms of the shelters were talking about or ten cities you have risks of communicable diseases.
Not everybody and maybe had -- measles vaccine who had underlying diseases -- you know that they're spreading things we worry about that.
If in 2003 of the CDC said -- -- major blackout there was an increased risk of dire real diseases you end up catching things on your -- -- bad water to absolutely bad what that's really important that you have potable water and anyone in -- shelters.
Or in these tent cities have to make sure that.
Clean -- is being provided for them.
I was also surprised to hear that after Katrina and the spike in heart attacks went -- and so you think the heart disease is another issue that in this superstar.
Also this two reasons for that it was 11% after -- 11% of the deaths after Katrina was due to heart disease why.
Number one people don't have the medications they they don't know where they left their medications they lose track of them they're not getting supplies number two is distress we're tournament stress at the beginning here.
You get stressed you're out of your element.
You don't know where you're gonna sleep that night maybe you're not sleeping that increases your risk of having a heart attack what about the people that are no -- -- no heat no -- it's 3040 degrees tops overnight now today it's warming up tomorrow but.
Just the cold what can that do the people's health and well -- can make people more prone to catch infections that can make people more run down again under more stress and the other issue is that's related to this that we haven't talked about a lot of water.
We always talk about power.
But do you have running water because -- you don't have running water you really can't stay where you war you can make but do for a couple of days if you have running water.
And you bundle up and you figure out another place to cook something -- was something else that happened after Katrina.
People without power started using their barbecues and people died from carbon monoxide intoxication that's a really important thing.
But what -- was talking about we had somebody in the Philadelphia area of the last -- died of hypothermia.
That he was in his hallways I've been bigger and older and I figured that I going to be awesome and I hope army.
Because as you get older Mike you have less insulation and you're more likely to do that you have to bundle up we have to get out of there and think as we think all the disasters over.
We don't have to worry anymore.
This is the time according to the Centers for Disease Control when you start to see the deaths pile up and people having to go to hospital and you'll -- -- there was not -- morrow I know helping people with all of us exactly we're going actually this afternoon down to New Jersey to some of the shelters with Fox News team.
And as you -- we're gonna -- and that's torture it's gonna try to help people as well as -- -- agency after the cigarettes.