I want to draw your attention to what is perhaps the most important question of our times – what can we do to save ourselves from Covid-19? I am sure the answers are ready with you – masks, social distancing, hand hygiene and so on. But remember, even doctors and nurses who followed all these, and even supposedly had PPE kits on, unfortunately contracted this deadly virus and many of them even died.
That is why, I always maintain that together with all these protective measures that the World Health Organization and governments advocate, you also need to take care of your own health, and more specifically your immunity.
I chose to select this topic today because of a new study that has come in. Earlier, there were talks about the pandemic waxing and waning with the changing weather across the globe. And with Covid-19 surging in India, I too was curious like you to know how will the changing weather, especially the monsoon, affect its further spread? Will it provide a much needed relief?
A new American study from researchers in Marshall University and published recently in the medical journal, ‘Emerging Infectious Diseases’, sheds some light on this. They have found out that the Novel Corona Virus is less stable at high humidity & warm temperatures. Monsoon is a period of high humidity but certainly not of a warm temperature. So, the rainy season will be a mixed bag as far as the Covid-19 spread goes.
This study is not directly concerned with our phenomena like monsoon, but it does hint that based on these two parameters – humidity and temperature – the pandemic can make a comeback in many parts of the world.
In short, together with all the protective measures that WHO and governments advise, our only real defence is our immunity, which is a theme I stress throughout in my new book which is getting ready for the release in July