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A global health issue that is affecting not only the US but the health community globally is the COVID-19 pandemic. Most individuals infected with the COVID-19 virus experience mild to moderate respiratory symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment. Older adults, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease are more likely to have serious symptoms that require hospitalization. The primary mode of transmission is through droplets of saliva and discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes (World Health Organization, n.d.).
Hospitals and healthcare systems globally are facing financial challenges due to the pandemic. Shortage of supplies include personal protective equipment, hospital equipment, and sanitization supplies. The major contributing factor for the strain felt on health systems internationally were due to a lack of preparedness to handle a large pandemic. Many hospitals asked their community for donations of PPE. Many health care professionals were forced to reuse elements of PPE (Kaye et al., 2020). Health care delivery systems are working collectively to address the current pandemic, and be more prepared for a large-scale pandemic in the future. Stakeholders include organizations such as WHO and the CDC, the countries affected by the pandemic, leaders in health care, and political leaders.
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Select a global health issue affecting the international health community. Briefly describe the global health issue and its impact on the larger public health care systems (i.e., continents, regions, countries, states, and health departments). Discuss how health care delivery systems work collaboratively to address global health concerns and some of the stakeholders that work on these issues.