What happens when the season changes? Will there be a spike in the number of cases? Here’s what monsoon can bring with it.
What did we hear when the virus started to multiply and transmission become widespread? Summer season will lead to a dip in the number cases for the extreme heat will help kill the virus? All these myths came to a standstill when global organisations like the World Health Organization and the CDC and more started to explain how the novel coronavirus was challenging to analyse and would have a changed outcome every time. The symptoms began to differ in each case. However, the baseline symptoms remained the same, which included fever, sore throat, etc. However, some even displayed signs in the heart while some had consequences of poor kidney health too.
However, now comes another seasonal change, which is the monsoon. We all know the transition time from summer to monsoon can be extremely heave to brave, making way for various seasonal diseases like typhoid, dengue, and viral infections too. What irks most of the people is the similarity in the symptoms of COVID and other such diseases, which mostly starts with a fever, sore throat and cough.
Monsoon & Vector-borne Diseases
Monsoon is the time for a lot of people to experience various illnesses, which we group as vector-borne diseases. These diseases include malaria, dengue and chikungunya, which have a similarity in the initial symptoms when compared to COVID-19. Once a part of the US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, infectious disease epidemiologist Dr Marc-Alain Widdowson had a unique point to prove that most seasonal diseases are also not fully understood for its variation in symptoms each time. Stating an example of the US, he said that predicting flu in the US is difficult.
However, the former Deputy Director of the National Institute of Virology, Dr M S Chadha states that it will take a lot more seasons to understand how the novel coronavirus reacts to different temperatures and weather conditions. The seasonality can only be determined after carrying out year-long or year-round surveillance, not once but several times to understand the connection.
Some factors remain common, which could lead to a sudden outbreak of the virus. But, these factors are sure to nor surface in rainy season for one prefers to be indoors due to rains. One such factor is spitting on roads. Some say that rains can help wash away the spit and the virus particles that would exist in the spit. Also, the number of people outdoor in rains should be less.
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This remains a question, which can only be solved after a thorough study on the virus and its interface in various seasons. Also, it is not a one-time process, which would help understand the link but studies of multiple years, which could have someone reply to such concepts with a definitive solution.
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