Winter season could mean an aggravated spread of coronavirus
Bad times incoming
According to a new research, the transmission of COVID-19 could be more pronounced in the winter months when in direct contact with respiratory droplets. The study also found that the currect guidelines on social distancing are not enough to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Physical distancing not enough
The study found that in many cases, the respiratory droplets travel further than the 6 foot distance, which is recommended by leading health agencies, and in environments that are cold with high humidity, transmission of droplets is even more high. In cold environments, the droplets persist for a long time, even a day, which may explain how so many meat processing plants have been the cause of major outbreaks.
How virus works in summer
The researchers say in hot and less humid places, the respiratory droplets evaporate easily. The droplets leave behind fragments consisting of Covid-19 which then join other Covid-19 particles that are shed due to speaking or breathing. And breathing these droplets in is what leads to one contracting the disease.
How its worse in winter
The difference then, is that even though in the summer the transmission is more significant, in winter the droplet contact is more dangerous. Which means the way we protect ourselves from the virus has to change. This could mean greater social distancing, better masks and air filters.
This study could be useful for moulding public health rules to keep the virus spread in control, and even to create masks that can be even more effective in winter.