Power Outages and Community Health A Narrative Review
Casey, J., Fukurai, M., Hernández, D., et al. (2021). Power Outages and Community Health: A Narrative Review. Current Environmental Health Reports. 7(4):371-383.
The authors reviewed 50 articles mentioning power outages related to disasters published between 2004 and 2020. The results indicate that power outages impact health, especially for individuals who rely on electricity-dependent medical equipment. Lack of electricity was associated with carbon monoxide poisoning, gastrointestinal illness, temperature-related health issues, and respiratory, cardiovascular, and renal disease hospitalizations.