Rise in Covid-19 cases in UAE may be due to cold season, doctors say

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Doctors in the UAE said Covid-19 appears to be spreading faster during the winter season. 

Experts said Covid19 lurks in the air longer because of cold and dry conditions leading to an increased chance of transmission, a development that might explain the spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country. 

In the last 24 hours, some 109,587 doses of the Covid-19 vaccines have been administered to residents. The total number of doses administered in the UAE is now at 4,901,795 at a rate of 49.56 doses per 100 people. 

For the past couple of weeks, the country recorded more than 3,000 new Covid-19 cases each day. Meanwhile, the lowest temperature this year was recorded in Al Dhafra at 8.5 degrees Celsius. 

“Coronavirus favours cold and dry conditions. In winter, the virus remains persistent as it only not travels farther but remains more infectious from several minutes to longer than a day. This may be the explanation for the rising of Covid-19 virus in winter,” Dr. Kapil Gupta, a general physician a the Aster Clinic Al Khail, told Khaleej Times. 

For her part, Dr. Amaka Kate Uzu, a consultant and family medicine at the Bareen International Hospital Abu Dhabi, said the phenomenon is not only happening in the UAE but also across the world. 

“Typically, viruses are known to thrive more in the winter months, which then leads to an increase in transmission rate,” she said. 

“The public may have become less cautious during the recent winter holiday period, by being in crowded places, and not socially distancing or maintaining good hygiene measures. The fatigue after more than a year of this pandemic, coupled with optimism around the vaccination program, could have been misconstrued by some people as a reason to lower their guard,” she further added. 

Vaccination, according to Dr. Nayzak Raoof, the medical director at the Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery Dubai, is the only way to outdo the virus. 

“However, given the surge in infections in the UAE, people should realize that it is the time to let up our fight against Covid-19. We are on the final lap and victory is closer. The cost of negligence in this crucial time would be high. We must be wary of this. People, whether vaccinated or not, should strictly adhere to the precautionary measures,” he said. 

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