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Atmospheric Conditions Affecting the Transmission of Covid-19 Virus

Version 1 : Received: 28 May 2020 / Approved: 29 May 2020 / Online: 29 May 2020 (13:02:07 CEST)

How to cite: Shoor, D.P.; Kaur, D.G.D.; Chauhan, D.A.K. Atmospheric Conditions Affecting the Transmission of Covid-19 Virus. Preprints 2020, 2020050467 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202005.0467.v1). Shoor, D.P.; Kaur, D.G.D.; Chauhan, D.A.K. Atmospheric Conditions Affecting the Transmission of Covid-19 Virus. Preprints 2020, 2020050467 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202005.0467.v1).

Abstract

The physical environment plays an important role in the transmission of respiratory infections like Covid-19. To find relevant articles on environmental factors influencing respiratory infection outbreaks, we searched Pub med Central on the following topics: 1. Environmental pollution causing coronavirus fatality- 73 results, relevant 1 article, 2. Environmental factors affecting Covid-19, 149 results from which there were 6 relevant articles, 3. Impact of air pollution on Covid-19 fatality, 10 results, relevant 3 articles, 4. Environmental factors affecting respiratory viruses- 10646 results were obtained, 2 relevant articles. We searched Google scholar on environmental factors affecting Covid-19 transmission and found 7 relevant papers. We excluded the duplicates in each of the key words search. Date of search was on 20th April 2020. All articles included in results were scrutinized and relevance of articles was based on their content that discussed meteorological and physical environment factors in the spread and severity of Covid-19. We have discussed factors like air pollution, smoking, air temperature, humidity and air velocity as contributing factors. If meteorological factors are conducive to spread in a particular area, we need protective measures way before a respiratory infection outbreak occurs. Covid-19 is a lesson learnt the hard way, and we must enable people to practice hygienic practices with limited resources but high level of protection that it provides. Air pollution control can prevent priming of respiratory system which shall further protect from pulmonary infections.

Subject Areas

Covid-19; SARS-CoV; Environmental factors; Air pollution; Smoking; Air temperature

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