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Winter in a pandemic: How cold air could make the coronavirus spread more easily

'Winter is coming.'

2020-09-25 1:56:00 PM

'Winter is coming.'

The summer months are officially behind us, and the dip in temperature has been met with a spike in coronavirus cases across Canada.

cases across Canada.Some parts of Canada are already experiencing a second wave, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday. But will the coronavirus grow even more rampant during the winter months, just as other respiratory illnesses do?Read more:

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Canada ‘on the brink’ of coronavirus surge, second wave underway in some regions, Trudeau says“As the weather cools down, this means the coronavirus may actually stay in the air longer,” said Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist and assistant professor at the University of Toronto.

As the virus leaves your body, the cold air helps preserve it and keep it alive longer, Furness explained.“That’s one of the reasons we have the flu season in the colder months.”Tweet ThisStory continues below advertisementRespiratory infections, such as coronaviruses, are spread by droplets that are released when a person coughs or sneezes, according to

the Public Health Agency of Canada.Timothy Sly, an epidemiologist with Ryerson University’s school of public health, explained that we don’t exhale the virus particles. The virus is inside droplets of various sizes.1:47Coronavirus: WHO warns of COVID-19 momentum as winter, influenza season looms in north

Coronavirus: WHO warns of COVID-19 momentum as winter, influenza season looms in northWhen the air is dry, which is typical during the winter months, the moisture in the droplets evaporates, “possibly within seconds,” leaving the nucleus of the droplet — containing the virus — to float in the air, he said.

This means the droplets are smaller and lighter than they would be with humid weather, meaning they could spread farther.[Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates]Another reason the spread of the coronavirus could be worse in cold temperature is that our mucous membrane dries out in cold weather, making it much harder for the nose to filter pathogens, Furness said. When airways dry out, it allows the virus to have easier access to the body.

Story continues below advertisement“All of these contribute to ideal conditions for respiratory viruses in the winter,” Furness said.But this does not mean it will happen with COVID-19 specifically, Sly warned.Trending StoriesToronto Blue Jays beat New York Yankees 4-1 to lock up post-season berth

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Because the Northern Hemisphere hasn’t been through a full winter with the coronavirus pandemic yet, it is really “speculation” at the moment, he said.But he added it’s still important that people practise safe distancing and wearing masks, even when outside during the winter months.

“It’s still the best way to prevent infection,” Sly said.Read more:Of course, there are other reasons for viruses to spread during the winter months.Story continues below advertisementaccording to CNBC.“People are travelling more, they are going back to work, schools are reopening — these are all factors that are going to increase the risk of community transmission and further transmission.

“As we approach the flu season and the winter months, there are additional factors that will conflate and add even more to that level of risk,” she said, saying more people are likely to congregate indoors and in more crowded settings.Studies look into COVID-19 and cold temperature

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Anything to keep the covid alive eh globull? I know, trudeau needs the cover and the un needs money. Spreads by glow Bull. Virus started nov-dec depend where you. Read...so we need to learn to live with it...it will take 5 years to have a vaccine.. covid 19 has been proven to be nothing more than a cold.

This virus started in China last DECEMBER and by January had spread all over China INCLUDING THE COLD NORTHERN AREA. With every passing day MMedia chooses to just screw with citizens, believing no one remembers or does their own research. Its like ALL MMedia R weather people. Just now? They just started doing that now? It's kind of insulting that you think we're all that stupid, Global. Ouch...

Covid is apparently the go to for everything, you need to he turned off! It’s a bad cold. Whoopdy doo. Fuckin idiots. 5year old can answer this for you guys :) It's over. It's done. There's no second wave. 99% of the pop isn't at risk . Deaths/icu nr zero for months. You're a dupe if you believe anything the corrupt msm is telling you. Global is fake news.

We all get flu during winter season. Common sense Who cares? Unless you’re over 80 the virus is a joke. 🤦‍♀️ a coronavirus is the cold! We know that cold weather doesn’t affect Globull’s ability to spread manipulative headlines! Not as easy as propaganda hey fakenews. Seriously though do you so called 'journalists' get tired of repeating the same bullshit day in and day out?

STOP THE FEAR MONGERING. What you are doing to people is UNETHICAL. 😡 Run! Hide! Boogity boogity boo. defundGlobalnews And these snowbirds want to drive south 🏝🏌️‍♀️🏌🏿‍♂️🏖☀️ Global_Montreal Things are what they corrupt want .. god help me.. More fear mongering from global .. go figure Good old Global Downer

What do you mean by it Could? Will it or it won’t if you don’t know just say so. Your tweet key is stuck --double tweeting is just stupid. I will be spending more time outdoors in the winter to air out the lungs. Nothing spreads Corona Virus more easily than the media. Can you all fu*k off? Why not report on the gun violence and daily shootings by criminals with ILLEGAL guns? How many people have been killed by gun violence this summer? Wanna bet its more than this hyped up covid nonsense...

This is a pretty fucking dramatic tweet tbh

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Coronavirus hits more schools amid growing fears of pandemic's second waveMore than 400 schools in Quebec and another 153 in Ontario are reporting at least one case of coronavirus disease. Canada has 37.817 million people, to date, 9,232 have died of the virus or 0.02441percent of the population… yet its rulers locked it down and inflicted untold economic havoc on its citizens. Fake, because of more fake testing

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