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Answering your questions: Weather impact and outside activity

Posted at 6:17 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 19:31:49-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Many people are heading outside for fresh air during this time, especially as the weather gets nicer. At 7 Eyewitness News, we’re answering your COVID-19 questions about weather and outside activity.

Q: “Does the weather have any effect on the virus at all?”
- Stephanie from buffalo

A: "There are certain viruses like influenza that’s seasonal," Dr. Thomas Russo, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, said. He continued, "The hope is that the coronavirus might share that characteristic, but it’s too early to tell at this point. But since there are so many people that are susceptible compared to the influenza virus. The susceptibility factor may trump the seasonality factor, we’re just going to have to wait and see.”

Q: "I am in the high-risk category and wonder if walking in my village where everyone is out doing the same and also congregating should now be avoided?"
- Elizabeth from Hamburg

A: "So I think walking in your village is fine. As long as you maintain 6 feet distance. Between other individuals," Dr. Russo said. He continued, "Outside is better than inside. A lot more air volume to disperse the virus and exercise is good and we're all getting a bit antsy inside." If you do head outside, experts and officials agree social distancing is key. Do not walk in a huge group. If a park or a street is crowded, experts say head in another direction.