What happens when natural disasters strike during a pandemic?

National Geographic discusses what happens when natural disasters strike during a pandemic. “Disasters don’t stop for a virus.” And national response teams are already feeling the strain.

EARLY IN THE morning of March 22, Ranko Glumac jolted from bed as the world around him shook. The room filled with the mechanical roar of a fallen hair drier. As Glumac lurched to the appliance to quiet the noise, he spotted a dark crack slicing through his bedroom wall, and he realized his home city of Zagreb, Croatia, had just been hit by an earthquake.

He and his family rushed outside into the frosty spring air, and across the city others did the same. But another risk lurked in the throng of people: the novel coronavirus, which had already started ramping up in the region.

 

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