Cold Weather And The Spread Of COVID-19
Cooler temperatures are here for most of the United States, and if the recent snowfall in some areas is any indication, the dive from frigid to painfully cold air will be here soon. Of course, a bigger concern is the spread of COVID-19, and with weather getting colder, some wonder if this will impact the spread of the virus.
As ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons articulates in a blog post, a popular hypotheses among scientists is that the flu season is more prevalent during winter months because people spend more time stuck inside. They're also exposed to less sunlight. In the event that these conditions make it easier for COVID-19 to spread, ServiceMaster Restoration suggests people do the following:
- Increase ventilation.
- Use a humidifier during cold months and keep one's mucous membranes moist by regularly using a drug-free saline. Mucous membranes tend to dry out during colder weather, which makes it harder for a person's nose to filter pathogens.
- Wash hand regularly with soap and water for the suggested amount of time.
- Wear a mask.
- Practice social distancing.
- Get a flu shot.
- Get enough sleep.
- Stay hydrated.
- Eat healthy.
- Manage stress.
- Keep work and home areas clean and disinfected.
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