Covid-19 case rates are rising in some places, falling in others, but the death rates have either remained flat or fallen off. This seems very promising and, as a result, many are already looking past this pandemic. I would advise caution.
There are many theories for the drop in the fatality rate, everything from a weakening virus to better treatments, but I believe that one of the major factors being overlooked is the summer weather. Studies have shown that the severity of the disease is linked to viral load. In other words, the heavier the dose, the sicker you can get. If you’re outside, the virus is dispersed and, if you catch it, you’re more likely to suffer a milder case or be asymptomatic. Still, even if you do get sick, the fact that you’re soaking up the sun boosts your vitamin D levels – which, apparently, are one of the biggest contributing factors to severity and survival. With me so far?
As we head into winter, younger people will no doubt continue their irresponsible behavior, but socializing will more likely take place indoors in closed environments leading to larger viral loads. Less time out in the sun will also make people more susceptible as their vitamin D levels drop.
People are acting like the worst is over, but there’s a potential for things to get very bad around November-December and, potentially, well into 2021.
Don’t forget to take your vitamin D!
Amazing people with whom I have worked…
Peter Williams (@actualApophis) played the role of Apophis on #StargateSG1. And although the character seemingly died in season 2, the magic of science fiction afforded me the opportunity to work with Peter on later episodes. pic.twitter.com/obbIIIGGMQ
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) August 31, 2020
Actress Andee Frizzell (@AndeeFrizzell) played the roles of various Wraith Queens over the course of #StargateAtlantis' five year run, undergoing countless hours of early morning transformations in the make-up chair. THAT is dedication! pic.twitter.com/tL6aGVpZpg
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) September 1, 2020
He was Carl Strom in #StargateUniverse and Warden Treihan on #DarkMatter. Carolo Rota is not only a great actor, but a celebrated chef and gourmet. I look forward to casting him again so we can resume our discussion on the merits of 'ndjuja. pic.twitter.com/kWCBxvk95Z
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) September 2, 2020