COVID-19 and Easter weekend: five “hot” novelties on the new coronavirus

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The weather forecast for the long Easter weekend in Metro Vancouver is for the sun until Monday, which means a lot of people are walking around the parks and trails in the area. The sun is good in many ways for people, even if it has no direct effect on COVID-19.

British Columbia public health worker, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said that even if people with no symptoms of COVID-19 can go outside while keeping their social distance from others, “the parents should not let their children play with other children in games with children. ”

Will sunlight kill the new coronavirus?

No, it will not. You can catch the virus and develop COVID-19 regardless of the heat and the sun. All the evidence indicates that the virus can be transmitted anywhere, even in hot, humid climates.

Since ultraviolet light kills viruses and UV light is sunlight, will the direct sun on your skin not kill the virus?

No no. It is true that ultraviolet light kills viruses. But it has to be high intensity UV light that causes fatal scrambling of their genetic codes.

Does a super hot bath with Epsom salts kill the virus?

No, it will not. Not only could you burn yourself badly, but a hot bath will have no effect on the coronavirus. This can, of course, make you feel better. Even if you take a hot bath, your normal body temperature remains around 36.5 C to 37 C.

Aren’t autonomous UV robots used to sterilize hospitals and kill bacteria, viruses and other microbes?

Yes they are. But the intensity of UV light is dangerous for humans who have to leave the rooms where autonomous UV robots operate. They are used to kill the coronavirus, but the surfaces must first be wiped down.

Will going out in the sun this weekend help stop COVID-19?

It depends. Maintaining a social distance of at least two meters (six feet) from people outside your home and washing your hands is the way to protect yourself and your family and others from the spread of the new coronavirus.

Staying away can be done outdoors responsibly. Being outdoors allows people to connect with their community, to feel less isolated when they isolate themselves, and to feel better while exercising. If there is sun on your skin, not only does it feel good, but it increases the production of vitamin D, which boosts your immune system and helps fight infections.

Sources: Environment Canada, World Health Organization, BBC, New York Magazine, Outdoor Play Canada, The Vancouver Sun

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