How Humidity And Temperature Impacts COVID-19

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - When COVID-19 was first discovered, experts were unsure how it would behave throughout the year.  

“In the past previously circulating human coronavirus’, the ones that cause the common cold, they do seem to depend on seasonal factors. They tend to peak in the winter where the conditions of low humidity and low temperature seem to increase transmission,” said Dr. Marc Itskowitz, Internal Medicine Physician with Allegheny Health Network, during an interview with the KDKA Radio Morning Show on Wednesday.

However, studies are indicating that the virus does continue to spread in areas of warm climate.

Society will have to learn in some ways to live with this virus until it burns itself off, or until a vaccine is developed.

“We likely won’t have a vaccine for widespread use until at least the end of this calendar year. In the meantime, those patients that are high risk have to be more careful,” Dr. Itskowitz explains.

You can listen to the conversation below to learn more.

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