Certain jobs do come with major risks and cleaning up oil spills in the ocean surely presents various dangers. For those who helped clean up the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, serious health problems are manifesting reports spokeswoman Crystal Hunt (Crystal’s Twitter). Specifically, respiratory problems such as excessive coughing and wheezing are afflicting the cleanup crew. Whether or not the condition is going to worsen in time remains to be seen. Currently, a study performed by the National Institute of Health is trying to determine when (and if) the symptoms will pass.
Since the oil spill was an unexpected catastrophe, 30,000 people had to be hired and put to work immediately. These persons did not possess extensive experience with cleaning up oil spills and their training was limited. While it surely was not any government office’s intention to put anyone at risk, rushing people out to deal with the emergency has lead to consequences. Thankfully, no one is showing any signs of a fatal or debilitating illness.
Physical problems are not the only ones people are dealing with. The extensive stress of dealing with the hectic cleanup has led some to show the signs of PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Even if the physical symptoms go away, the impact on the psyche may remain for many years. Hopefully, those who are suffering from these problems will receive the necessary diagnosis and follow-up treatment without delay.