In the coming months, as the world’s population shrinks and the global economy struggles to recover, there’s a new worry about the fate of our children: zombies.
In the wake of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been working on strategies to help children, like the ones we grew up with, survive in the increasingly-cyber-connected world of the 21st century.
And as the WHO’s World Population Prospects report for 2020 notes, children are now more at risk of becoming infected with new diseases than they were even a decade ago.
According to the WHO, “the proportion of children under the age of five who are now clinically and chronically ill from infection with all major infectious diseases in the world, including respiratory, gastrointestinal, and parasitic diseases, has doubled from 7.5% in 2009 to 11.7% in 2020.”
And the rise in infection rates isn’t confined to children; the proportion of adults who are infected with some of these diseases has more than doubled in the past decade.
Here are some of the reasons why you may want to keep a close eye on your kids’ health.