Governments around the world should eliminate wet markets where fresh meat or fish are sold. Do you agree or disagree?
Wet markets should be banned from a hygienic point of view. In some countries around the world, such as China and Singapore, fresh meat and fish are sold in open-air markets, but these markets can become an epicentre of new viruses when high sanitation standards are not maintained. For example, a new virus later named COVID-19 is considered to have broken out from a fish market in the city of Wuhan in China. Because of the contagiousness of this new virus, more than 3,000 people lost their lives before an effective vaccine was developed.
For the most part, I would say it is beneficial, but there are a few dangers. For example, many tourists choose to ignore the health risks of travelling. They may fail to be injected with necessary vaccinations or travel while feeling unwell. Tourist can accelerate the spread of diseases and infections, creating an epidemic.
Q2. What is a benefit of getting flu vaccinations every year?
I think it is important to receive vaccinations for influenza. Every year, during the flu season, many people contract the flu, especially in public places like schools and amongst those with weaker immune systems like the elderly. So, getting vaccinated can give us one less thing to worry about.
Q3. What are some things one should be careful of when travelling to developing countries on a holiday?
There are a few things to consider. Firstly, the standards of hygiene in a developing country might not be as high as what tourists are used to back home. There is a risk of drinking contaminated water, for instance, which can cause health problems such as diarrhea. More importantly, developing countries often have infectious diseases and strains of viruses which aren’t found in developed countries. Tourists are likely to not have developed immunity to such disease.