The start of the pandemic COVID-19 created panic all around the world. Due to imposed lockdown, people blindly bought essential food items and other necessary things that resulted in increased demand for commodities. Everyone was unaware of the future situation because the number of COVID-19 cases was rising at great speed. The number of deaths due to coronavirus was also increasing with each passing day. However, now an year onward, with the availability of vaccines people have learnt to live with this crisis.
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PAKISTAN AND COVID-19
Pakistan is among the most affected countries by climate change. The country is already struggling to resist the climatic impacts, in such a scenario, the coronavirus has the ability to trigger even bigger negative consequences.
In Pakistan, the situation of COVID-19 was as bad as the whole world when the pandemic started. At the beginning, the problem associated with pandemic were visible due to poor health infrastructure and people’s reaction to COVID-19. However, the relief package from the Government made circumstances bearable and the brilliant handling and planning of the situation by the government made things easier for people and now the situation is thankfully under control as compared to many other much advanced and richer countries. And as the public is gradually getting vaccinated, things will hopefully get even better.
PUBLISHED RESEARCH ABOUT COVID-19 CASES
Researchers in Pakistan have also been conducting Covid-19 related researches. One research team conducting research on the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and weather situations in order to find any correlation.
Published research has reported a correlation between the number of COVID-19 and weather conditions. What interesting fact did the research reveal?
CORRELATION BETWEEN WEATHER INDICATORS AND COVID-19 CASES
According to research, there was a correlation found between the COVID-19 cases and weather factors. Three weather indicators were studied during research including rainfall, temperature, and humidity.
How the weather is impacting the increasing number of COVID-19 cases? Well, the correlation between temperature and COVID cases was found positive while other factors showed a negative correlation.
The number of COVID-19 increased in Pakistan when the temperature reached 30 °C and above. The researchers carried out the research from March to August 2020. The presented results are based on the six-month situation of COVID-19 situation in Pakistan.
Rainfall and COVID-19 cases didn’t show a significant correlation in results. The humidity and COVID-19 cases showed a negative correlation. This result led to the evaluation that humidity played an important role in lowering the number of COVID-19 cases.
According to research, the Corona pandemic revealed exceptional results in the Sindh province of Pakistan where humidity showed a positive correlation with COVID-19 cases.
SUMMARY OF THE RESEARCH
What caused researchers to conduct research on weather indicators and increasing COVID-19 cases?
The number of COVI-19 cases in Pakistan kept on increasing till June then the rate of reported cases was declining. These fluctuations highlighted the association between weather indicators and COVID-19 cases.
Lastly, it is necessary to mention the limitation of the research. The researchers of the published research have said that few other variables are not included that might further elaborate results. These missing factors include immunity, overseas Pakistanis, population mobility, and obligation to necessary measures.
It was concluded in the research that people should follow instructions issued by WHO. Washing hands frequently, putting on face masks, maintaining social distance are a few necessary measures that should be followed by everyone. The COVID-19 is not over yet.
When COVID-19 started, people were unaware of the ongoing situation. Soon, World Health Organization declared necessary precautions that were necessary for protection against infection. Now vaccine has eased the situation. It is also advised by WHO that people after getting the first and second dose of vaccination should not stop following precautionary measures. One can get infected with coronavirus even after vaccination but the consequences would be less dangerous.
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