Scientists have long warned that algae blooming on New York City beaches, parks, beaches and waterways is a public health threat, and they are urging residents to be vigilant when visiting and swimming in these areas.
But experts are worried that algae outbreaks could pose a greater threat to humans than previously thought.
“The public health impacts of the algae outbreaks have been known for some time, but we are now beginning to see them as an actual threat to human health,” said Dan Riehl, a professor of environmental and public health sciences at Cornell University.
“Algae are not the only source of health threats, but they are a major one.”
As we have reported, more than half of all human deaths worldwide are caused by algae.
But the number of human deaths related to algae in the U.S. has increased by more than 500 percent in the last decade.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 50,000 Americans have been hospitalized in 2016 due to the algae outbreak.
So what can you do to protect yourself?
There are two main ways to protect from algae outbreaks: 1.
Use your beach and swimming area to prevent algae bloomas, a process called prevention.
This includes keeping your beach clean, keeping your pool clean and limiting the number and frequency of people in your swimming pool.
You can also use a mask or a towel.
Use the “disease-control protocol” for people in contact with infected animals.
This involves cleaning all animals in your home, including your pets, and keeping your pet’s water temperature at or below 58 degrees F (17 degrees C).
If you have any pets in the home, keep them under a non-washing cage, and do not leave your pet in the water unattended.