By Diallo Sambury
As the season changes from summer to fall and we begin to bundle up, please take extra precautions against the Covid-19 spread. Recent reports show that new cases as of Aug 20th increased by 11% compared to 30% from Aug 6th. While many are vaccinated (keep in mind that the vaccine helps reduce the likelihood of becoming severely ill, hospitalization, and death), the transmission of Covid-19 can still occur.
The school year is right around the corner, and many are heading back to the office after working from home. With the temperature dropping, crowding in public transportation is going to be in full effect. Packed trains and buses are prime breeding grounds for airborne viruses, especially for dense metropolitan areas further north of the equator. Studies have shown that climate factors (temperature and humidity) and geographic factors (altitude and sunlight intensity) directly correlate in the transmission of Covid-19. The most favorable temperature ranges for the growth of the virus would be between 21° F to 58° F (end of September to the beginning of May).
Now’s the time more than ever to be on the offensive to protect yourself and others. Continue wearing your mask in public, especially on public transportation and in highly populated areas. Begin winding down on extensive indoor social activities and unnecessary travel. Keep yourself and your surroundings clean with proper disinfecting techniques.