With the looming winter season, the nation will experience a flu epidemic following the expected low temperatures. Even worse, health researchers warn that the cold season will coincide with the second wave of COVID-19. It means that the oncoming weather conditions will expose individuals to both the normal flu virus and coronavirus, an aspect that is likely to strain the healthcare system and put the public in harm’s way. Considering COVID -19 recorded over 200k deaths, we should prepare for severe times ahead by avoiding previous shortcomings, especially ensuring clean air to reduce transmission.
The risk of contamination is highest in indoor spaces. Mask alone cannot prevent contamination if exposure is prolonged. When we breathe, the respiratory particles we emit are less than 100 micrometers in diameter and can remain suspended in the air for a number of hours. According to the prestigious Science magazine, airborne transmission is a major transmission route for coronavirus. The CDC also noted that “under certain conditions, they seem to have infected others who were more than six feet away. These transmissions took place within enclosed spaces that had inadequate ventilation.” Without proper ventilation measures, virus particles remain in the air and will become increasingly dense as time passes.
We need to ensure high air quality in the approaching winter season as the expected weather presents various dangers that propagate an upsurge of coronavirus cases. The low temperatures and high humidity levels are expected to increase the lifespan of the virus, which would make people more likely to contract the disease. Hence, people confined in their houses or work in a closed setting should ventilate properly during winter by using air purifiers to ensure airflow and avoid the recirculation of virus particles.