The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought the whole world to a standstill. The ravaging infection cases and uncertain outcomes forced the world to go to a complete halt. While in-person trades vanished, while the financial disruptions hurt the business sectors all over the globe. The healthcare sector took a toll on the inadequacies and uncertainty of the deadly virus’s rising infections. The pandemic is adding new challenges for healthcare professionals and has become a top public health concern to date.
Now that 2020 has come to an end, it still has a reflection on the new year. The advent of the new year brings new opportunities and hopes for the end of the stressful pandemic. On the other hand, it is changing public health’s vision and roles to promote future health. The inadequacy of medical resources and uncertain healthcare crisis was indeed challenging for these professionals. However, the new year makes sure they are put at the center of debates to solve the current and future issues to end the pandemic. With that said, let’s discuss the emerging role of public health in 2021.
- Pandemic Response
Public health plays a pivotal role in maintaining the healthy life of society. It aims to study the disease’s art and patterns and develop measures to prevent them from prolonging people’s lives. Now, with the COVID-19 wreaking havoc around the globe, the importance of public health has increased profoundly. The ongoing pandemic is the center of debate among public health professionals. With the pandemic’s dawn in 2020, public health officials responded by tracking the spread of infections, screening, testing, and preventive measures. As mentioned earlier, public health encompasses the study of disease patterns and behaviors for spread across society. The professionals work in the key areas of biostatistics planning to develop efficient resources and information for the public.
For that instance, many healthcare officials are advancing to public health to contribute to tackling the pandemic. These officials also continue their education to study the disease pattern and understand the bigger picture of controlling the pandemic. Now that educational institutions are closed, aspirants tend to pursue programs like online MPH to advance further in their careers. Continuing education is key to developing measures that ensure the protection and treatment of people against infectious diseases.
- Improving Mental Health Conditions
Not just the infectious diseases, the emergence of a novel coronavirus pandemic is also disrupting the mental health conditions of people. The pandemic and social isolation restrictions led to severe mental health problems that are the top concern in 2021. Moreover, it is also one of the most neglected parts of the healthcare mission and public health. Today, more than 1 billion people are affected by mental health disorders. Be it the financial crisis, lack of treatment, substance abuse, mental health impacts differently in all cases.
The staggering numbers of mental health issues are encouraging public health to devise measures to spread awareness. The pandemic impacted everyone in one way or another. However, there are available resources and treatments to reach out during severe isolation and distress feelings. Public health officials are also researching to study the emotions associated with the pandemic isolation and its effect during the COVID-19 infections. The profession makes sure to build global solidarity and reach people in need of mental health during the crisis.
- Increasing Food Safety
We all have heard the common saying, “You are what you eat.” It is because eating healthier is the key to ensuring the perfect health of the whole body. The foods provide nutrients that are essential for the structure and function of every aspect of our body. Whether it is the defense against infectious disease, bodily fitness, or mental health, eating healthier is crucial to staying well. On the other side, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that an unhealthy or un-managed diet is the leading cause of obesity. That’s not it, but it leads to severe diseases like diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, and many more.
It is essential to address these issues rather than directly targeting the diseases. For that instance, public health is playing a crucial role in increasing food safety among the people. Unfortunately, there are still many communities left that lack the resources and information for healthier food. Public health is putting its main focus on spreading awareness for food safety and maintaining community nutrition balance. The ongoing year will promote trends like assuring healthy food to reach communities and making it affordable.
- Employing Data to Combat Infectious Disease
Another prime trend that the world will experience from public health is data to combat infectious diseases. The pandemic encouraged public health officials to leverage the data to track the infectious disease and develop measures to curb the spread. Technological advancement is significantly paving the way to enhance the protection against health hazards. Using the data, public health officials can efficiently track and predict infectious disease outcomes and take the right measures before they strike.
Public health is an essential group in the healthcare sector that strives to ensure community health and responds to emergencies. The ongoing pandemic has brought healthcare challenges, but it also highlights public health issues. It is important to adapt to the current world and conduct predictive research to enhance communities’ protection from the pandemic.