By Faye Gaston
Many of our summer days in Bullock County have reached hot temperatures in the 80's and 90's. Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is a learning process.
In March 2020, the White House officials announced the summer season would "stem the tide" of the disease. SAR-Co-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, would die more quickly in the presence of sunlight and humidity. However, scientists pointed to countries already warm and experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19. Now in July, there are record-breaking numbers of daily cases in some of the warmest states in our country.
On May 15, it was reported that the virus was weakened some by sunlight and warmth, but a virus with zero immunity is more powerful.
The sunlight of summer did not slow the virus down in Florida or Texas. There is a lack of population immunity. Air conditioners will keep folks inside where the virus is more likely to spread indoors.
In many of the southern states with the warmer temperatures, the cases are actually rising at a higher rate.
On July 15, 2020, in hot California, records were shattered with more than 11,000 cases in a single day. Hospitalizations and death rates increased as well.
In hot South Africa and Argentina, the infections of the virus are "raging."