The US has not yet contained COVID-19, and the coming winter and fall could make things worse. Models predict that the pandemic would kill over 2,900 Americans every day by the end of the year.
Fall and Winter Outlook for COVID-19
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington projected the massive death toll in December. However, CNN reports that you can still reduce the damage. Experts believe that smart strategies could help the US prevent more deaths.
COVID-19 and Colder Weather
Experts say that colder weather could increase your risk of catching COVID-19. Why? The cold weather forces everyone to huddle up indoors. While you stay inside, you’re also locking the virus inside with you.
Now, experts say that COVID-19 could spread by airborne transmission. If you’re indoors, you could spread the virus just by talking or breathing. When you speak or breathe, you release virus aerosols that float in the air for some time. So, if you’re in an airport, always wear masks.
Flu Season and COVID-19
The CDC says that the flu season usually begins in October. With the flu season coming, experts say that you could get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. When that happens, your body might not handle it.
Experts also add that getting the flu might make you even more vulnerable to COVID-19. With the flu, your body is already busy fighting off one infection. Getting another virus would weaken your body further.
Protect yourself from COVID-19 during the fall and winter by wearing masks and staying outside more often. If you plan to go home for the holidays, get tested first, and avoid risky activities before leaving.