Over a million Ukrainians have fled the country amid Russia's invasion so far. Public health experts told Insider that there's a correlation between war and public health. They're concerned that infectious diseases could spread and chronic illnesses will get worse.
Where there's war, a public health crisis follows, and as Ukrainians flee Russia's invasion they're at risk of infectious diseases and worsening chronic conditions, public health experts say.
"It's been well documented that war leads to all kinds of public health problems most importantly, infectious diseases, but also worsening of any kind of chronic disease that people have," Dr. David Eisenman, the director of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, told Insider.