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Sat Jul 11, 2020, 10:01 AM

Why extreme heat is so alarming for the fight against Covid-19


Why extreme heat is so alarming for the fight against Covid-19
“I’m actually really worried about indoor transmission.”
By Umair Irfan Jul 10, 2020, 10:20am EDT

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However, the combination of extreme heat and a fast-spreading virus in the Sun Belt is now creating a new set of problems that could undermine efforts to control Covid-19. From hampering surge capacity plans for hospitals to increasing people’s likelihood of getting exposed to the virus while sheltering indoors from the heat, heat can make things harder. And temperatures are poised to rise even higher in the southwest in the future due to factors like the urban heat island effect and climate change.

But there are ways to mitigate some of these risks. In particular, tactics like increasing ventilation reduces the likelihood of transmitting the infection indoors. These measures will be key to making schools, offices, and public spaces safe enough to reopen.

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People spending more time indoors

When temperatures get searingly hot, people spend more time in enclosed spaces, which presents the greatest opportunity for infection if the virus is present. “I’m actually really worried about indoor transmission,” said Davidson Hamer, a professor of global health and medicine at Boston University. “It’s so hot in the Southwest US that people are not outside. They’re being driven inside, so then you have all the issues of aerosol transmission and recycled air, a lot of which honestly we don’t fully understand yet.”

For a state like Arizona, it can be difficult to go outside at all for days at a time. But it’s not clear yet whether this will raise or lower the transmission rate of Covid-19.

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https://www.vox.com/2020/7/10/21311766/covid-19-coronavirus-heat-wave-hot-texas-arizona

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keithbvadu2 Jul 11 #1
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Jul 11, 2020, 10:11 AM

1. Problem solved.

Church leaders of venue hosting Phoenix Trump rally claim they've installed technology that kills '99.9 per cent' of coronavirus in ten minutes

‘So when you come into our auditorium, it’s gone - killed’

Christians would not lie, would they?

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 11, 2020, 10:23 AM

6. Will they offer their church premises to help these COVID-19 . . .

patients? Matter of fact has any Mega Churches offered? Shit they got millions in PPPs.

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Sat Jul 11, 2020, 10:12 AM

2. I'm in SE Az and it's very hot, unusually hot. Over 100 for two weeks, more to come.

We're usually in the 90's this time of year with good monsoon rains. Very little rain so far.
I stay indoors because I'm getting old (almost 70) and it seems that my skin is thinner. I can't
believe I worked my life outdoors in this sun. But I'm in the boonies and don't worry about the
virus unless I go to town for shopping.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Jul 11, 2020, 10:17 AM

3. I still remember when the heat was going to save us all.

In states like Georgia, restaurants should be limited to take out and outside dining. The extreme heat would make that much harder, but the point is moot because our idiot governor is still letting them pack 'em in for inside dining.

In the states where the virus is already out of control, I doubt the extra heat will modify behavior substantially enough to matter. We're already congregating indoors. What's a few extra degrees?

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Sat Jul 11, 2020, 10:18 AM

4. plus with all the unemployment many can't afford AC. Chicago has a plan for heat

with cooling centers. We have had a plan for decades since our horrific negligence when 739 people died from the heat in 5 days. It was mostly people of color who couldn't afford fans. It was a lot of elderly people.

Here is a great oral history article about it:

https://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/July-2015/1995-Chicago-heat-wave/

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Jul 11, 2020, 10:22 AM

5. Excellent, informative essay. n/t

-Laelth

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