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4 Safety and Security Tips for Festival Season

    The notorious rowdy Glastonbury music festival took place last week. Some of the world’s biggest artists performed in this 5-day music and contemporary arts festival in the UK. Over 200,000 festivalgoers were expected to attend.   Due to recent terror-related attacks in Europe, talks of elevated security and terrorist threats dominated the news surrounding this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Representatives from Glastonbury Festival as well as the Glastonbury police released statements and videos notifying attendees traveling to the festival to expect major traffic delays entering the festival grounds, large lines to ensure thorough security checks and a much higher presence of armed police officers, security, and emergency aid tents.   With heightened security presences, terror threats and emergency aid tents becoming the new normal for many high profile open space events, if you`re traveling to a festival this summer here are some tips to help you stay safe and enjoy the music!   Know Before You Go – Be sure to check out the official festival websites to know exactly what is allowed into the festival grounds. Save copies of the grounds map to your phone and print a copy in case your phone dies, gets lost, etc. It is also a good idea to have a list of emergency phone numbers in case an incident occurs (remember, 911 is not the emergency response number in every country). Practice Sun Safety – Festivals are often in the middle of wide-open fields with little shelter from the sun’s harmful UV rays. To avoid a medical emergency such as heat or sunstroke, be sure to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and...

5 Trends That Have Experts on the Lookout for the Next Global Pandemic

In 2016, 8.5% of the global population was 65 or older. This age group is forecasted to account for nearly 17% (1.6 billion) in the next 33 years. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAP) suggest that the elderly population is more susceptible to infectious diseases because of their weaker immune systems; highlighting influenza as a potentially serious risk for this cohort.   The UN predicts that 66% of the world’s human inhabitants will all reside in densely populated urban areas by 2050. Analysts report that the global urbanization trend will continue to strain sanitation systems and increase the spread of communal outbreaks and animal-borne diseases worldwide. The recent discovery of a rare rat-related disease in New York, the fifth most densely populated area in the US, further supports this claim.   There is less than one physician per 1,000 people in more than 75 countries around the world. A growing number of doctors stationed in underdeveloped nations are choosing to pursue more attractive jobs elsewhere. Consequently, these regions are left without the means to adequately treat patients and contain regional outbreaks before they spread globally. Many experts continue to argue that the rate of infection as seen with the recent Ebola outbreak, was a result of widespread doctor shortages in West Africa.   A 32% reduction in overseas aid and a $4.6 billion reduction in global health and humanitarian spending were proposed for the fiscal 2018 budget by the US presidential administration. Humanitarian aid experts argue that a reduction in global health spending by the US, a leading contributor in response to global infections and disease...

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