When we first heard about COVID-19, one of the encouraging facts that made us feel fresh and secure is that the virus lived in low temperatures. Sure, if that’s the case it won’t last much in a cozy or summery environment. But now you see every coast and hot place in the country in the same situation as the coldest regions of Europe, maybe even worse than that.
There are many misconceptions about COVID, and temperature limits is one of them. You won’t get rid of this infection of have a lower chance of getting it just because you live in a very hot weather. Is there anything else you should know about coronavirus for this summer in 2020?
Summer expectations and realities in 2020
COVID-19 has changed our plans, there’s no doubt about that. Big companies cannot go ahead with their businesses as they did, hospitals never imagined what was coming, and kids and parents now cannot go on vacations or to a summer camp during the pandemics.
This is not only a disappointment for parents and their children. It will actually take its toll on the travel industry. We can see that clearly by taking a quick look at the capitalization of videocall software Zoom for the last few months. The contrast is even bigger if we compare that to the actual situation of the major airlines in the United States and abroad.
Definitely, this summer is not as we planned it last year or during New Year’s Eve. Not as any other summer we may have had.
Digging deeper in what we expected about COVID and the pending reality, it’s a fact that summer will go away but coronavirus will stay lingering without any remorse. Actually, certain sources predict that hot weathers may even worsen the effects and symptoms of the virus. It is actually an indirect consequence of masks being more uncomfortable to wear, elderly citizens with mounting health problems aggravated by the heat, and a higher chance of forest fires and smoke that may contribute to affect the lungs.
Summer Coronavirus FAQs
Summer approaches, and the coronavirus outbreak does not appear to be going away. To avoid that discrepancy between expectation and reality, I’m collecting a few frequently asked questions about coronavirus applicable to our current and future summery concerns.
Is there a way to differentiate coronavirus from regular seasonal symptoms?
Of course, there is a way. The most common symptoms of coronavirus are fever, a dry cough, headache, and fatigue. People can also have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms. They are very different from seasonal allergies (wheezing, a runny nose), and should be differentiated from summer flu (a congested nose, sore throat, and other symptoms not typically found in COVID-19).
Can I drink from someone else’s water bottle during the coronavirus pandemic?
In theory, it is very likely you will get infected by sharing someone else’s water bottle. But this is right now very difficult to confirm. Stay safe and fulfill all of the hygiene protocols, including drinking from your own bottle. Keep in mind that the WHO has not detected drinking water supplies to be a risk of transmission, so you don’t need to feel concerned about it unless it’s in direct contact with someone else’s mouth or saliva.
What can I do with my kids at home during summer isolation?
You can see this time as an opportunity to be at home together and do new things you’ve never done with your kids. Reading and playing together is a useful resource, and won’t stop being engaging if you give your best to make it different and interesting every time. There are hundreds of activities you can try, from online classes to home science experiments, and much more.
Will isolation and staying at home affect my vitamin D levels?
Summer is the best time to get your share of sunlight if you live in a northern country or state. Sunlight is important for vitamin D production, so it won’t be far-fetched to think you might need vitamin D supplements. Keep in mind using them if you’re from a susceptible group (the elderly, people with darker skin tone, and overweight/obese individuals)
Is there any official recommendation for this upcoming summer with the coronavirus?
Actually, there are some instructions by the WHO to prepare for summer with COVID-19. The World Health Organization encourages us to stay out of the heat, keep our homes as cool as possible, keep the body hydrated, and avoid sun or hot weather exposure in the belief that this reduces your chance of getting infected.