Health care

A warmer climate has many health effects, particularly in a global context. In Sweden, it is expected that ticks will continue to become more prevalent, increasing the risk of Lyme disease and TBE. Other disease vectors may also benefit. A reduced risk of cold-related problems is likely.

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Increased mortality among people in periods of more intense summer heat or prolonged power cuts can be expected. An increased incidence of exotic diseases is also probable. Breathing problems can be exacerbated if climate change affects the concentration of ground-level ozone. Allergy sufferers will be affected by changes to pollen seasons and new species in the country.

Altered risk of road traffic accidents and accidents due to slippery conditions can also be counted among the climate-related health aspects. However, it is difficult to judge the direction in which a changed climate will affect the risks of accidents. When the winters become milder, the period in which there are wintry and slippery conditions on the roads will be shorter. Especially in the south, however, it is likely that there will be an increased incidence of frost, which is the most treacherous type of slippery condition.