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Seasonal Variations and Immune Responses: Any Succor for COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria

Version 1 : Received: 2 June 2020 / Approved: 4 June 2020 / Online: 4 June 2020 (08:04:33 CEST)

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Journal reference: Journal of Global Health Reports 2020, 4
DOI: 10.29392/001c.14600

Abstract

There is a global rise in the emergence of infectious diseases and the enigmatic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) being the most recent one. It is ravaging the world with little understanding of its etiology and factors affecting its transmission dynamics. Meanwhile, seasonal variations in weather are major factors impacting infectious disease transmission patterns. Developing countries are likely to be most affected by weather changes, largely because of challenges such as inadequate drainage and sewage management systems, healthcare facilities, education, and funding to efficiently mitigate infectious diseases. In Nigeria, weather conditions alternate between rainy and dry seasons. Conditions such as rainfall, flood, and humidity have been reported to influence infectious disease transmission. Thus, understanding the impact of weather changes in transmission dynamics and immune response to COVID 19 will help in preventive measures and policy making to curtail its spread most especially in Nigeria as the rainy season fully sets in.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; seasonal variations; immunity; Nigeria

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