Dr. Raymond Rezaie Discusses the Biggest Post-Pandemic Public Health Issues

Montreal doctor Dr. Raymond Rezaie

July 23, 2021

Dr. Raymond Rezaie Discusses the Biggest Post-Pandemic Public Health Issues

Dr. Raymond Rezaie Discusses the Biggest Post-Pandemic Public Health Issues

Hopefully, the pandemic will soon become a thing of the past. Regardless, Dr. Raymond Rezaie argues that many more public health issues must be confronted.

Some experts now hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will be brought under control as vaccination rates improve and new cases decline. Still, public health issues may plague societies for years to come. Dr. Raymond Rezaie is going to talk about some of the most pressing public health issues that may crop up after the pandemic.

“Even if we get COVID-19 under control, we’re going to have to confront a variety of other public health problems,” Dr. Raymond Rezaie argues. “Some of those problems, like mental health and substance abuse, may have been exacerbated by the pandemic.”

Alcohol sales surged in many countries and regions during the pandemic. Part of this may have been because people were skipping nights out at the pub for drinking at home. However, some people may have leaned more heavily on alcohol to “self-medicate” during the pandemic.

People seeking help with substance abuse may have also struggled to access resources, with group meetings and substance abuse clinics shut down. Substance abuse was a major issue before the pandemic, and it’s likely to remain a serious problem for years to come.

“Alcoholism was a major issue in Canada and elsewhere before the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Raymond Rezaie says. “I wouldn’t be surprised if alcoholism rates increased and if there’s a post-pandemic surge in substance abuse treatment.”

Even if the pandemic didn’t make substance abuse problems worse, it’s still a major challenge for society. Further, substance abuse is far from the only chronic health crisis that countries must confront.

Dr. Raymond Rezaie Talks About Diabetes and Obesity

Nutritional health is becoming a vital issue in Canada, the United States, Western Europe, and many other places too. The COVID-19 pandemic may have made matters worse. We already know that people suffering from obesity are more likely to die if they contract COVID-19.

With gyms shut down and many people avoiding outdoor activities, along with perhaps a worsening diet at home and using food to cope, obesity rates may tick upwards. Even if not, obesity is already a major, pressing issue and one that could have an immense impact on people and societies going forward.

“A healthy diet and appropriate amounts of exercise are vital for leading a healthy life,” Dr. Raymond Rezaie points out. “It’s hard to say how COVID-19 may have impacted obesity rates, but either way, societies need to confront rising obesity.”

Diabetes is another growing problem in many countries. In many countries, obesity rates among seniors are reached or exceeded 15 percent. If not managed properly, diabetes can be fatal. Further, treatment is often expensive for taxpayers, insurance companies, and those who pay out of pocket.

“The pandemic may help remind societies of the power of public health measures,” Dr. Raymond Rezaie says. “Hopefully we can come up with an effective public health response to diabetes, obesity, substance abuse, and other issues.”