Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Delhi to experience increase in Covid: IIT Mandi


They also found that water bodies have a strong influence on a region’s microclimate in terms of temperature and humidity, contributing significantly to regional climate change, commonly referred to as the lake effect.

“There has been a striking similarity in the focus and route of transmission of different epidemics in India, such as Spanish flu, H1N1, swine flu and Covid-19. Most pandemics have started and have found their epicenters in the north, west, and southern regions of India, ”said Dr Sarita Azad, associate professor, School of Basic Sciences, IIT Mandi, in a report. communicated.

Additionally, the researchers looked at temperature variations between districts near large bodies of water to understand the spread of Covid-19 in those areas.

The average minimum and maximum temperatures in these neighborhoods are about 3 and 5 degrees Celsius lower than those in the neighborhoods in July, which is attributed to the lake effect. Cooler climatic conditions may have contributed to the increase in cases in districts close to water bodies.

“We also found that districts with direct access to large bodies of water had a sudden increase in cases during the monsoon (up to 800%) compared to the previous season. Therefore, strict precautionary measures should be imposed in these districts before the onset of the monsoon season during an epidemic, Azad added.


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